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Justice for Tom


Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, center, at a stop last year on his Santa Claus ride.

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, center, at a stop last year on his Santa Claus ride.

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.
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Break in hit and run case


Tom Steinert-Threlkeld enjoys a cider doughnut on one of his cycling rides.

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld enjoys a cider doughnut on one of his cycling rides.

There was some good news yesterday. Bethel police issued a press release saying they have identified the vehicle and the driver involved in the fatal hit and run accident of Tom Steinert-Threlkeld.

The accident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 20. Tom, an expert cyclist, was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike at an intersection in Bethel, CT.

He was on a ride from Weston to Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, known for their apples and cider doughnuts.

The impact from the hit threw Tom to the ground and a second vehicle turning into the intersection struck him and pinned him underneath the car. He was extricated by firefighters and was declared dead at Danbury Hospital. The first vehicle fled the scene.
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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, Grilled Cheese Lover


Steve and I cook The Weston Grilled Cheese for hungry cyclists.

Steve and I cook The Weston Grilled Cheese for hungry cyclists. (Tom Steinert-Threlkeld far right)

While writing a story about Tom Steinert-Threlkeld (following his tragic death where he was the victim of a hit and run car accident), I took a look at his Facebook page.

We weren’t FB friends, but the page is open to the public. He was an avid photographer, and the page is full of photos of things he encountered on family trips and his many cycling journeys.
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Unconscionable


The day before he died in a bicycle accident in Bethel, Tom Steinert-Threlkeld posted photos from a 62-mile cycling trek he took two weeks ago along Lake Mahopac with his friend Peter Litof — who took this shot of him.

The day before he died in a bicycle accident in Bethel, Connecticut, Tom Steinert-Threlkeld posted photos on his Facebook page of a 62-mile cycling trek he took along Lake Mahopac with his friend Peter Litof — who took this shot of him.

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld had a huge lust for life. He would ride his bike 100 miles in search of a cider doughnut or slice of homemade pie.

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld enjoys a cider doughnut on one of his cycling rides.

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld enjoys a cider doughnut on one of his last cycling rides.

An avid cyclist with a big heart, Tom, 59, was the organizer of several local cycling events, including a ride through historic Ridgefield, and the Ride of Silence in Westport, to honor those who were killed or injured on public roads while riding.

A few weeks ago Tom sent my newspaper an email saying he planned to organize a Ride of Silence for AJ Cina, a 12-year old Weston boy who died tragically in July while riding his bike down a hill and crashing into a stone wall.

Then the irony of ironies struck.

Last Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20, while on a cycling jaunt to Blue Jay Orchards in nearby Bethel, no doubt to sample their famous cider doughnuts, Tom himself was killed in a cycling accident.
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