Memori Hardwick, who ran down cyclist Matt Trujillo in Albuquerque in 2011 while running a red light as she was high and on her way to buy methamphetamine (per police and media reports), was sentenced to 9 years in jail today, the max allowed by law, in Judge Ross Sanchez' courtroom. Matt died of his injuries after spending two weeks in a coma. If you want details to turn your stomach, read about it at KOB.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Hardwick's sentence broke down to "...six years for vehicular homicide and 18 months for possession of a controlled substance, to be served together, plus three years for leaving the scene of an accident with great bodily harm or death. She will be referred to Delancey Street during her parole for inpatient treatment for substance abuse."
Matt was about to be related to Los Alamos cyclist and scientist Joe Martz as an in-law had his life not been senselessly cut short. Nine years won't bring back a life. I hope it changes Memori for the better, and sends a clear signal to others: Thou shalt not kill.
Memori led a dark and troubled life, to be sure, according to this more recent piece in the Journal. She has to pay the price for this horrific act but indeed, we have to be our brother's keeper and keep things from ever getting so dark. How one does that, I really don't know.
|Matt Trujillo's Ghost Bike, from the KOB story|