Man Who Hit, Killed Kan. Bicyclist Moves On

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A man who was driving drunk when he hit and killed a bicyclist in Lawrence says he's grateful that the victim's family has forgiven him.

Joel C. Hernandez was 22 when he was sentenced in 2010 to six months in jail for driving drunk and hitting 20-year-old Rachel Leek. Hernandez has said he didn't stop to help Leek because he didn't realize he hit anyone.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) that Lee's father, Jim Leek, hugged Hernandez after the sentencing and told him the family forgave him. Leek says that is what is daughter would have wanted.

After getting out of jail, Hernandez re-enrolled at Haskell Indian Nations University and was elected Student Senate president. He'll be a senior this fall, finishing up a business administration degree.

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