Bicyclist, 14, is hit; murder count filed
By Alexis Bechman
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 01.14.2008
advertisementA Tucson woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder after police say she struck two 14-year-old boys on their bicycles with her car, killing one, on Saturday night.
Glenda L. Rumsey, 42, was booked into the Pima County jail Saturday night but has been released on $50,000 bond, said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Rumsey also is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal collision, Robinson said.
Jose Rincon and a friend were riding their bicycles east on Broadway near Vozack Lane when Rumsey, who lives about a mile east of where the collision took place, struck both teens with her car, Robinson said.
Family members and friends gathered at Rincon's home Sunday night to remember the boy. Jose's father, also named Jose, described the teen as a "loving son, loving friend and loving brother to his two sisters."
He said Jose was spending the night with a friend Saturday, and he did not know where the boys were going on their bicycles.
Police gave the following account of the incident, based on witness statements:
Rincon and his friend were riding east on Broadway at 7:20 p.m. on the shoulder of the road.
Rumsey was driving her 2005 Dodge Magnum east on Broadway and had passed several cars also traveling east, though police don't know how fast she was going.
The curb lane turns into a right-turn lane at Vozack Lane, but Rumsey continued east through the intersection, running onto the shoulder of the road and striking Rincon from behind. The impact pushed him into his friend.
Rumsey continued east and stopped a half-mile later. A witness to the crash followed Rumsey until she stopped.
Both teens were taken to a hospital, where Rincon was pronounced dead. The other teen suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Robinson said. Police did not identify the boy.
Neither teen was wearing a helmet, Robinson said.
Rincon was a straight-A student at St. Michael's Parish Day School. His mother said teachers often told her that they wished they had 25 more of him.
"I used to say he was a litigator in the making," Adriana Rincon said. "He was so bright and articulate."
Jose Rincon played guitar and sang in a mariachi band. He also played basketball at St. Michael's and was voted most valuable player at the Lute Olson basketball camp.
Rincon's grandfather, Rudy Bejarano, is a former Tucson City Council member. His parents are real estate agents with Long Realty.
A viewing will be held Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Carrillo's Tucson Mortuary. Mass will be at St. Augustine Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Rincon's father said his family is taking comfort in knowing the boy was taken quickly and did not suffer.
"He was a gift for the time that we had him," he said.
● Contact reporter Alexis Bechman at 629-9412 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.