A Saskatoon man has pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death in the case of a retired teacher.

Barry Grosse, 64, was killed in a hit-and-run incident in September, 2008 after being struck by a car on 8th Street East while he was riding his bike.

Mitchell Rebryna, 22 at the time, was charged with criminal negligence causing death by street racing, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The case was scheduled to go to trial, but last week Rebryna entered a guilty plea to the more general charge of criminal negligence causing death.

Crown prosecutor Robin Ritter said Friday the Crown accepted the plea because Rebryna is facing up to what happened.  "Simply the acceptance of responsibility and the willingness to enter a plea of guilty to the charge. That was it," Ritter said.

Rebryna returns to court next Wednesday for sentencing arguments.

His co-accused, Kyle Bradley, will have his charges dealt with after that.