Heather Boyum was on a training ride with a partner at 7:45 on a beautiful Sunday Morning. She was a respected High School Biology teacher, wife and mother. Megan Merkel was driving in a dilapidated car under the influence of alcohol and bath salts. Her ex-boyfriend Mark Scerbo was operating a motorcycle recklessly under the influence of alcohol (about twice the legal limit) and bath salts. He was "playing tag" with the Merkel car. He was speeding up, slowing down, popping wheelies, passing on the right shoulder. The reasonable thing for anyone to do when sharing the road with a depraved maniac, especially on an early Sunday morning on a country road, would be to safely pull over an separate themselves from a dangerous situation. But she didn't. She kept driving, participating willingly in Scerbo's utterly depraved negligence. On one of his passes on the right shoulder of the road, Scerbo encountered the bicyclists, striking Mrs. Boyum and throwing her into the path of Merkel's car which ran over her and killed her. The passengers in Merkel's car said it felt like going over a large speed bump and the impact lifted them off of their seats.
The jury found Merkel not guilty of manslaughter. They convicted her of DWI. She was released on time served.
The jury found Scerbo not guilty of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide. They convicted him of DWI, Reckless Driving and Manslaughter 2nd. degree. His sentence could range from 7 to 15 years in jail. He is a repeat offender and a convict, so he will hopefully get the maximum.