Victim of New Year's 2012 Hit & Run Remembered


UPDATED: Monday December 30, 2013 10:36 PM

 

            A man with special needs, and a special place in the community is being remembered tonight, one year after he was hit and killed by an accused drunk driver.

Bobby Grimm, known lovingly as "Bicycle Bobby," died one year ago this week, while riding his bike home in Hamilton Township.

            The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says the driver who hit him and left the scene was drunk.

            Bobby's family hopes to save others from experiencing what they have.  

 

 

                It's been a year since Teresa Booth and Jaime Ross spoke to their cousin Bobby.

            "I gave him a hug, I told him ‘I love you, here's your presents,’” said Booth.

            It’s been a year since the 42 year old with the sweet spirit of a child pedaled his beloved bike.

            "With his mental challenges he couldn't drive a car. So he rode his bicycle everywhere," said Booth.

            "He just took care of the entire neighborhood,” said Ross. “He felt like everybody was his family."

It’s been a year since his family got the shattering news that Bobby had been found on the side of the road, the victim of a hit and run driver.

            “It should have never happened,” said Ross. “It just should have never happened.”

365 days later, his family says the loss is as deep as ever.

            "I miss him every day of my life,” said Booth. “I miss everything about him. Every day I think about him. And it's a huge hole in my heart."

 

            It is a loss made more painful by the fact that according to investigators, it was completely avoidable.

            They say Matthew McQuirt, the driver who hit Bobby, was legally drunk at the time.

            10tv spoke with McQuirt at his home in August.

            He denied he was drunk at the time, but wouldn’t say whether he’d been drinking.

Notified that the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office listed his blood alcohol content at .14, over the legal limit, he replied, “That wasn’t what I was told.”

Asked what he was told, he replied, “I don’t even remember.”

 

            "It's the most painful thing you can ever go through, to lose someone so close to you over something so senseless," said  Booth.

            "The man that decided to drink and drive and just run him over is at home having a Christmas,” said Ross. “That's hard."

 

            They can't undo what happened a year ago.

            But they hope their family's tragedy can prevent someone else's.

            "Just be responsible,” said Booth.  “And think of others, and what it could do to your own family. There's nothing in the world worth what you just did that night."

 

            Matthew McQuirt has pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident, and O-V-I charges.

            He is free on bond while awaiting trial.

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