Man Faces Charges In Deadly Hit And Run
A Columbus man is charged with causing the death of a bicyclist and leaving the scene.
A Franklin County Grand Jury returned a six count indictment against Matthew McQuirt. McQuirt is accused of not only of leaving the scene, but of being drunk when he caused the crash that killed Bobby Grimm, 42.
There is a white bicycle that stands as a memorial for Grimm.
"Bobby had some challenges in his life. He wasn't able to drive a car, so he rode his bike," says Teresa Price, Grimm's cousin.
She says it's how he made his daily rounds and how he wove himself into the fabric of his community.
"Every day he set out on his bike to check on his neighbors, his friends, the community," says Price. "He took out trash, he checked their mail. He was just a guy that like had the keys to the whole community."
The pure, selfless example he lived is now imprinted into bracelets with a message "Live Like Bobby".
Those who loved him say no one should die like him.
"We feel like he's just been treated like road kill. Like he was just ran over and left there like he didn't mean anything at all," says Jaime Johnson, another cousin.
Bobby was riding his bike home on December 30, 2012 when he was hit by a pickup truck that left the scene.
"Bobby to be treated like that, it hurts me daily. I'm hurt," says Price. "He deserved so much better. He deserved for someone to hold his hand. You know, to get out and hold his hand."
An indictment Monday identified the driver as Matthew McQuirt, 38.
A crash report lists his alcohol level at .14.
McQuirt tells 10tv he didn't see Bobby that night.
He denies that he was drunk at the time.
Asked what he says to Bobby's family, he responded:
"Just sorry. Didn't realize...didn't see him. That's about it." McQuirt said.
Bobby's family says McQuirt's apology means nothing.
The hope of justice means everything.
"It is a good feeling that something is going to be done," says Johnson. "He's not going to be thrown away again like he was that night."
Matthew McQuirt is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident, and OVI.
He is due in court September 9th.
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