James Stenson, 38, was killed after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle across Garden of the Gods Road at Forest Hill Road on October 15, 2007.
Jacqueline Smith, the mother of Stenson's 13-year-old son, said he loved life and was "kind, sweet and considerate."
ARREST IN HIT-AND-RUN DEATH
The Gazette (Colorado Springs), Oct 17, 2007 by KIM NGUYEN
Jeannie L. Rhoades would be in less trouble if she had just stayed put.
Instead, according to police, the 43-year-old fled the scene of a fatal collision Monday evening that involved the 1989 Pontiac sedan she was driving and a man riding his bicycle in northern Colorado Springs.
Rhoades was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and careless driving resulting in death. Police said Rhoades was driving eastbound about 6:10 p.m. Monday when she struck 38-year old James Stenson, who was crossing Garden of the Gods Road at Forest Hill Road.
Stenson died at the scene.
"In everyone's mind, there was no reason for her to just up and leave considering what happened," said Stenson's older twin brother, Joseph Stenson.
Stenson's family was shocked to hear of the death Tuesday morning. Stenson said his younger brother, who grew up in the Denver area, hadn't spoken to the family in years.
"Considering that I've just lost a twin, and my mother has lost her youngest child, life has been turned upside down," Stenson said from his home in Aurora. "Right now everything is hitting us all at once."
The driver was sentenced to 90 days in jail and four years' probation. Terms of Rhoades' probation include 200 hours of community service, loss of her driver's license for at least a year, alcohol and drug evaluations without testing positive for drugs or alcohol, a mental health evaluation and a requirement to abide by any recommendation, four years without violating any law except traffic infractions of less than four points, and a traffic safety class.