Bob Walmsley was hit on April 9, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. He died the next day.
This email came to me this morning:
Subject: JUSTICE FOR “BOB THE BIKER”
Please send this to whoever you think might be interested. Thanks.
After a year of pretrial conferences, Bob will finally get his day in court. For those of you who don’t know, Bob was struck down while riding with his cycling club last April. The tragedy occurred when a 17 year old boy traveling north decided to pass two trucks and went in the southbound lane with 5 cyclists approaching. The boy was driving a new 2007 F350 3/4 ton truck, Harley Davidson edition that his parents purchased for him. He struck Bob and left him on the side of the road to die. Witness’s chased him into a residential area and were able to get 2 letters of his plates. He was arrested. At first my heart went out to him until his probation officer informed us that he had been in trouble with the law since he was 11 and never spent any time in juvenile hall. He also told us that he had no remorse for Bob’s death and he was recommending that Victor be tried as an adult.
He started at eleven stealing from a store and last April he stole a life. A life who was very precious to us. A husband, a father, a brother a neighbor, a friend.
Bob was a quiet man. He loved his family and country. Bob’s dream was to participate in the Senior Olympics in cycling He also looked forward to teaching his grand kids to ride.
Unfortunately neither dream was realized. Bob and I settled in Sun City Grand from San Diego in 2002 when he accepted a job with IBM as a programmer. Bob’s passion was cycling and soon joined the West Valley Cycling Club. Bob started cycling 30 years ago when he took his son and other Boy Scouts on outings. He has since cycled in much of the US. Bob and I fell in love with the community and Arizona. As Bob’s wife and a concerned citizen for the safety of cyclists and other athletes, I would like to ask for your support. There will be a hearing to suppress incriminating evidence on March 21st at 1:30 at the Superior Court in Phoenix in Room 1203.
The trial will start on March 24th at 10:30 in the same courtroom. located at 201 N. Jefferson in Phoenix. The defense is trying to prove that Bob was a elderly man who was not paying attention to road conditions. After riding on the back of Bob’s tandem for 20 years I know this could not be true. Please stand up for Bob and attend this trial. Even if you cannot attend every day any time would be appreciated.
Thank You So Much,
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