According to the Free Press, on Feburary 2, 2009 Kimberly Dancy, 44, pleaded no contest to the charges against her for killing Jacqueline.
On March 2nd, at the hearing where Dancy was sentanced to 21 months to 5 years in prison for her crime, Jacqueline's father, Allen Parent, 65, said: "I don't want to have no hate in my heart toward her." to the Free Press.
This ghostbike was removed in the winter of 2008/09.
Mom had no choice but to bike at night
September 30, 2008
Who rides a bike along Woodward Avenue near 12 Mile at 1:30 a.m.?
That question arose on blogs, message boards and e-mails in the past several days since the Free Press reported Friday on the ghost bike memorial that someone anonymously placed at Linwood and Woodward in Royal Oak to commemorate the hit-and-run death Sept. 19 of Jacqueline Robinson, 40, of Detroit.
The answer: a single mom raising two kids. With no car, she commuted by bike from southwest Detroit to Royal Oak to care for a 92-year-old man.
Friends and family members describe Jackie Robinson as a fighter who had battled adversity and was working hard for her two boys, Bruce, 13, and Keith, 11.
"She was a good person," said Heather Weeks, a cousin. "She would give you the shirt off her back."
Royal Oak police say Robinson was struck while riding northbound on Woodward a few blocks south of 12 Mile and was dragged about 100 feet. They are searching for a 2008 white Jeep Liberty.
Family members said medical personnel reported Robinson suffered massive internal injuries and multiple broken bones in her chest. Friends say she was about 4-foot-11 and weighed around 100 pounds.
"Someone left her on the side of the road like a pile of garbage," said Weeks. "What kind of a person can do that?"
Robinson grew up in Dearborn and had a relatively uneventful life until she had trouble overcoming a bitter divorce and custody battle over two children who are now grown.
She encountered financial problems.
She had the two younger boys in another relationship, and lived with them and her mother near Livernois and McGraw in Detroit.
"She loved them dearly," Weeks said.
She had no car, so she depended on two wheels to get around, just like many adults in Detroit neighborhoods.
"Whenever you saw her, she was on a bike," said Lena Rice, another cousin.
She rode the bike to the Royal Oak home of the elderly man for whom she cared. She had a room at the house, and sometimes stayed overnight, but she thought nothing of making the commute day or night.
Those who know Robinson aren't sure what route she took, but assuming Robinson traveled north on Livernois to Oakland County, her trip to the man's home would have been at least 13 miles, one way. Riding a bike on multilane Woodward north of 8 Mile can be harrowing: The speed limit in Royal Oak is 45, and an average of about 75,000 vehicles pass 12 Mile every day.
The man Robinson cared for, who could not be reached for comment, came to Robinson's funeral Thursday. Crying, he told family members: "I lost a good friend."
Police and family members aren't sure why Robinson was riding north on Woodward when she was hit. She told her mother in a call earlier that she would be coming home, which would have meant traveling south.
"Her mom had told her she didn't like her riding her bike out late," Weeks said. "She told her 'Just be careful.' "
Deputy Chief Chris Jahnke said Monday that Royal Oak police are looking for any witnesses, or people who might have noticed a neighbor who hasn't been driving a late-model white Jeep Liberty lately.
"We'll get him, but we need help," Jahnke said.
Said Weeks: "Those two little boys are suffering. She was a good mother to them."
The first article on this ghost bike:
A hit-and-run death in Royal Oak brings a ghost bike for all to see
Spotted Thursday south of 12 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak: One ghost bike -- perhaps the first one in Michigan.
The icons of a loosely organized worldwide movement, ghost bikes are stark memorials to bicyclists who have died in encounters on city streets with motor vehicles.
In Royal Oak, the ghost bike is an old mountain bike, painted white, which is locked to the Linwood and Woodward street-sign pole.
It memorializes the Sept. 19 death of 40-year-old Jacqueline Robinson of Detroit in a hit-and-run accident.
A plaque attached to the bike carries her name and the date of her death.
Robinson, riding northbound about 1:30 a.m., was dragged more than 100 feet, and police are searching for a 2008 white Jeep Liberty.
No one has taken credit for the Royal Oak ghost bike, though someone faxed an anonymous, handwritten press release to the Free Press.
"Our roads are meant to be shared," it said.
From an article on Robinson's crash:
"She didn't need to die like that—like an animal," said Robinson's cousin Lena Rice.
Police are looking for the driver of a 2008 white Jeep Liberty who hit Robinson and sped away.
Lt. Corrigan O'Donohue said he is sure the hit-and-run driver knows they struck something and decided to flee anyway.
"I hope they have a heart, a soul and turn themselves in," said Rice.
Robinson leaves behind four children.
According to this article, police have arrested Kimberly Dancy, 44, on charges of failure to stop and render aid in a fatal accident and malicious destruction of property. If convicted, Dancy faces a maximum 15-year prison sentence.
A few days after the fatal accident, the Jeep was deliberately crashed to create an explanation for damage, O'Donohue said. That staged accident, he said, was the basis for the malicious destruction charge.