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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Lakewood Man Convicted After Running over Bicyclist and Fleeing

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Stephen Tecmire was found guilty 4 counts on Nov. 1 for running over a bicyclist then fleeing before emergency responders arrive.

A Jefferson County jury has returned guilty verdicts in the case against a Lakewood man accused of  running over a bicyclist and then leaving the scene. Stephen Tecmire, DOB: 5-24-54, was found guilty of Leaving the Scene with Serious Bodily Injury(F4); Careless Driving with Injury(TO1), Failure to Display Proof of Insurance(TO1); and No Registration(TIB).

The jury heard testimony that on January 27, 2017 Gary Suydam, DOB: 4-4-65, was riding his bicycle eastbound on 26th Avenue at Wadsworth Blvd. He was traveling in the designated bicycle lane. As Mr. Suydam began to cross Wadsworth, on a green light and in the crosswalk, a vehicle  driven by 38-year-old Chelsey Brewer was traveling westbound on 26th Ave. when she turned in left in front of him. Mr. Suydam collided with the back of her car and was knocked to the ground. Ms. Brewer immediately stopped her car and began to approach Mr. Suydam.  Within moments, Stephen Tecmire, who was traveling westbound on 26th Avenue, made the same left turn on to southbound Wadsworth that Ms. Brewer had just made. He ran over Mr. Suydam as he lay injured in the roadway. Both Ms. Brewer and Mr. Tecmire turned left on a flashing yellow light.

Witnesses told the jury that Mr. Tecmire stopped his car for a short period of time, but left the scene before help arrived for Mr. Suydam.

Lakewood police identified and located Mr. Tecmire’s vehicle. He was arrested at his home. The vehicle that Mr. Tecmire had been driving had registration stickers from a different vehicle. He was also driving without proof of insurance.

Mr. Suydam was critically injured by Mr. Tecmire’s vehicle when he was run over. As a result of his injuries Mr. Suydam is now quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

The two-day jury trial began on Tuesday, October 31. The jury deliberated three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts. Sentencing has been set for December 14 at 1:00.  Mr. Tecmire could face up to six years in prison.

Chelsea Brewer pled guilty to Failure to Yield Right of Way.

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