Catherine Bean, the 23-year-old Lakewood resident who turned herself in after killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident while driving intoxicated, has been sentenced to two years work release at the Jefferson County Jail, and six years probation.
On Aug. 22, 2012, Kenneth W. Kienzle, 58, was struck from behind while he rode a bicycle on South Wadsworth, south of West Ohio Avenue. The vehicle fled the scene.
Forty minutes later Bean called police, telling them that she may have been involved in an accident.
Bean was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, careless driving, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident. At the sentencing, Kienzle’s sister, Susan Pobjoy said she has tried to rationalize his death with the knowledge that her brother never saw the danger coming, and likely did not suffer greatly, and that the donation of his organs helped save other lives.
“But I’m just grasping at straws,” Pobjoy said.
Bean gave a brief statement of her own.
“I feel horrible for what I’ve done. I’ll accept any punishment the court gives,” Bean said.
Bean’s attorney had asked for probation.
Judge Christopher Munch said that the tragic nature of the case made sentencing difficult. He noted that Bean had never even had a speeding ticket and did not intend to kill anyone.
“But the fact is she left him to die, alone, in the street at 5 o’clock in the morning,” Munch said, before announcing the two-year jail sentence.