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Old 01-14-08, 08:52 AM   #1
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Bicyclist, 14, is hit; murder count filed

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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 abechman@azstarnet.com.
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That's how they should treat all hit and runs of cyclists and pedrastrians. 2nd degree murder.
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It sounds like they are basing this on her going straight through a right turn only lane. It's too bad that she ended the life of someone with great promise. My heart goes out to all the victims of this driver.
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Rest in peace young man. My heart breaks for all parent that have to bury a child.
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It sounds like they are basing this on her going straight through a right turn only lane. It's too bad that she ended the life of someone with great promise. My heart goes out to all the victims of this driver.
Actually she did more than that... she went onto the shoulder of the road after proceeding straight through that ROTL. The 14 year old she killed wasn't even on the traveled part of the road.
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There's actually a chance these charges could lead to something. Tucson prides itself on being bike friendly.
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Same basic story, with pictures of victim and accuse:

http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=7...&nav=menu216_3
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Finally, someone charged with a felony just for their driving behavior. Usually felony charges are only used when the driver is DUI,so the felony is not based primarily on the driving behavior, but on the fact that the driver was drinking while driving.

I hope other prosecutors follow the lead of the prosecutors in this case.
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Rumsey continued east and stopped a half-mile later. A witness to the crash followed Rumsey until she stopped.
My deepest condolences to all the families affected.

It would be nice to know the purpose of Rumsey's journey - is it another case of an innocent life lost so that some off-the-scale selfish individual can nip down to the 7-11 for a packet of Marlborough?

My hope is that Rumsey has the best insurance money can buy, also that both families pursue significant civil actions, and the insurance company actually does cough up millions - anything less would compound the loss of the families.
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Turns out woman was legally over the limit. That's probably why she drove off. Glad to see that at least Tucson doesn't reward drivers for driving off while drunk.

http://www.azstarnet.com:80/sn/hourlyupdate/220619.php

A woman who was arrested in connection with the death of a 14-year-old bicyclist Saturday night was driving under the influence of alcohol, police said Tuesday.
Glenda L. Rumsey, 42, had a blood alcohol level that was above the legal limit in Arizona —.08 percent, said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. He would not disclose what her blood alcohol content was.
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My daughter is 14 an the thought of burying her.........
My heart goes out to the families of those boys, especially Jose's.
Lock her up for 20 years!!!
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Finally, someone charged with a felony just for their driving behavior. Usually felony charges are only used when the driver is DUI,so the felony is not based primarily on the driving behavior, but on the fact that the driver was drinking while driving.

I hope other prosecutors follow the lead of the prosecutors in this case.
Nope not the case here... again it had to be some other mitigating factor... "over the limit... "
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In most cases under our current law. If you hit and kill someone while drunk, it pays to drive off, wait a few hours to sober, then turn yourself in..... The punishment is less for a drive off than for being caught drunk... Glad someone followed this lady before she had a chance to reach home and sober up.
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My heart goes out to the families of those boys, especially Jose's.
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I'm not sure how people carry on after the death of their child...
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That's so tragic. I'm glad to see at least no one is blaming the victim here. It's good that the authorities are taking this seriously.
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After a recent case in Adelaide, there was talk about making the punishment for hit and run the same as if they'd deliberately planned and committed the act. Not sure what happened to that, but there really does need to be something to discourage people from driving off and not rendering assistance.
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To think that the Sac of FecalMatter who mowed down my kid would then be such the coward to bolt from the scene, well.... it'll be a good day to die if I get my hands on ya.
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She's being charged with manslaughter and fleeing the scene of an accident.
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That's how they should treat all hit and runs of cyclists and pedrastrians. 2nd degree murder.
Except any good lawyer could probably talk his way out of 99% of situations which you think should get 2nd degree murder and therefore no sentencing, yay.

Manslaughter is the correct legal account.
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Except any good lawyer could probably talk his way out of 99% of situations which you think should get 2nd degree murder and therefore no sentencing, yay.

Manslaughter is the correct legal account.
Yes but a few pen strokes creates another law. And some corrective legal accounts begin.
We have uniform drug laws.
We have uniform pedophile laws.
We have uniform gun laws.
Yet when it comes to DUI/DWI
CA has vehicular homicide.

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Turns out woman was legally over the limit. That's probably why she drove off. Glad to see that at least Tucson doesn't reward drivers for driving off while drunk.

http://www.azstarnet.com:80/sn/hourlyupdate/220619.php

A woman who was arrested in connection with the death of a 14-year-old bicyclist Saturday night was driving under the influence of alcohol, police said Tuesday.
Glenda L. Rumsey, 42, had a blood alcohol level that was above the legal limit in Arizona —.08 percent, said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. He would not disclose what her blood alcohol content was.
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This is sad, and common problem the way Tucson designates shoulders as bikeways.
I am sure if Alcohol was introduced judgment could be harmful.

My heart goes out to families..
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Yes but a few pen strokes creates another law. And some corrective legal accounts begin.
We have uniform drug laws.
We have uniform pedophile laws.
We have uniform gun laws.
Yet when it comes to DUI/DWI
CA has vehicular homicide.
I'm just saying under the current legal definition, you could extremely easily dance around 2nd degree murder and be home the same day, eating bon-bons and driving your SUV again.

Dunno why vehicular homicide is a lesser of manslaughter though... quite dumb.
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I have come to the conclusion that hit & run is usually used to hide drinking, and that treating drinking as something that makes a death more punishable doesn't work. If it did, the frequency would be far less. I also think the arbitrary divisions of the degrees of a murder/manslaughter are useless.

A trial in any case involving a person's death should be simplified to answering two questions (beyond a reasonable doubt):

Is it the fault of the accused that a person or persons died?

If yes, was it self defense?

If no, then the person is guilty of murder, and is sentenced to xx years for each person killed. Lawyers would hate it, but it would make me feel safer.

But enough of my rant about simplifying the law...

My thoughts go out to the families involved, especially the victim's family. Nobody but the killer deserves the turmoil they are going through because of this tragedy.
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This is terrible.
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