Nine years for driver who hit, killed motorcyclist near Sedalia

Ronald Hargrove, 49, was sentenced to nine years for killing Suzanne Weston, 69, of Parker

Posted 5/29/19

A Parker man was sentenced to nine years in prison for hitting and killing a motorcyclist in Sedalia in 2017. Ronald Hargrove, 49, was sentenced May 28 for the Class 3 felony — leaving the scene of …

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Nine years for driver who hit, killed motorcyclist near Sedalia

Ronald Hargrove, 49, was sentenced to nine years for killing Suzanne Weston, 69, of Parker

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A Parker man was sentenced to nine years in prison for hitting and killing a motorcyclist in Sedalia in 2017.

Ronald Hargrove, 49, was sentenced May 28 for the Class 3 felony — leaving the scene of an accident involving death — in which Suzanne Weston, 69, also of Parker, was killed, according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District.

“You chose to take the risk of getting behind the wheel,” Judge David Stevens told Hargrove during sentencing. “Everyone who was on the roadway that day was put at risk — the numbers caught up with you.”

Hargrove was driving with a revoked license and no sleep, according to the release. Hargrove had two previous DUI convictions but “violated out” of substance abuse programs. Hargrove also had low levels of alcohol, THC and prescription medications in his system, according to the release.

“Yet another driver who somehow feels that driving is a right, and not a privilege,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in the news release. “This man shouldn't have been behind the wheel — let alone after consuming alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. But he made an irresponsible, selfish decision, and he cut short the life of Suzanne Weston.”

According to the news release:

On Oct. 12, 2017, Weston was riding her motorcycle single file with three other motorcyclists on northbound U.S. 85 in Douglas County. The riders moved into the left-turn only lane and slowed to wait for a green light to run onto Colorado 67 toward Sedalia. Weston was last in line.

A 2010 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Hargrove was northbound on U.S. 85. The truck went from the right lane into the left turn lane and cut off other witnesses in a separate vehicle on scene. The truck hit Weston and continued off the right side of the southbound lanes, through a ditch, onto the frontage road. Hargrove got out of his truck, walked over to Weston lying in the road, then got back in the truck and continued driving on the frontage road, eventually heading southbound on 85.

Witnesses got the license plate number. Hargrove was pulled over and arrested by a Douglas County deputy a short time later. Hargrove admitted to fleeing the scene of the crash because there were warrants for his arrest. His driving privileges in Colorado were suspended at the time.

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