Justice for Tom
An arrest has been made in the hit and run case that claimed the life of Tom Steinert-Threlkeld of Weston, Conn.
Alexander Scott Lee, 21, of New Milford was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 3, and faces charges including evading responsibility for a fatal accident, making an improper left turn and tampering with evidence.
On Oct. 20, Tom was riding his bicycle in Bethel, when Lee hit him with his car. Tom was knocked to the ground and a second car ran over him, pinning him underneath. Tom had to be extricated by the fire department and later died from his injuries.
After Lee hit Tom, he fled the scene.
The immediate question is why someone would leave the scene of such an horrific accident.
According to published reports, Lee’s collision with Tom left a “basketball sized” dent in his car. When he saw police on his road, he drove away and had a friend drive him in another car to his home. An anonymous tipster finally alerted police that Lee had admitted to hitting the cyclist. Lee had no intention of turning himself in.
Lee faces more charges than those connected with the accident. When police searched his vehicle they found a cache of illegal drugs and on Nov. 26 he was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than 0.5 ounces of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia associated with less than 0.5 ounces of marijuana.
It wasn’t Lee’s first drug arrest either.
In 2012, he was arrested and charged with failing to obey a stop sign, use of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, a felony. He was granted accelerated rehabilitation in that case.
Accelerated rehab is leniency, a program granted by the courts to first time offenders which enables them to avoid jail time. The expectation is they will learn from the experience and not become repeat offenders.
Lee, apparently, did not learn from that experience or the mercy he was shown.
When he showed up for his arraignment at Danbury Superior Court, Lee was described by the Danbury News-Times as wearing “a baggy, hooded sweatshirt over a slightly oversized thermal T-shirt.” That’s how you dress for court? Is he even taking this matter seriously?
Tom’s widow, Kayte, attended Lee’s arraignment and said she’s looking for justice for her husband.
Can there really be any justice?
A really really bad guy took the life of a really really good guy. And he didn’t care.
All that we can hope for is that Alexander Lee is never, ever, allowed to be in a position where he can hurt anyone ever again.
It’s not justice for Tom. It’s just a modicum of comfort for society and potential future victims.