HAMILTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The husband of a Hamilton woman killed while participating in a New Hampshire cycling event spoke about to FOX 25 about losing his wife of 19 years.
Tom Rogers must relive the day he lost his wife all over again whenever another arrest is made or another part of the alleged crime is uncovered.
"The thing won't go away, it just keeps coming back at me," said Rogers of losing his wife, Pam Wells.
The 60-year-old was killed while biking in a charity race in Hampton, N.H. last Saturday. Police say 19-year-old Darriean Hess, of Seabrook, crossed the double yellow line on the Underwood Bridge and hit Wells along with three other cyclists. Her friend, Elise Bouchard, was also killed.
"They practiced all summer long for that and the week before they'd gone 73 miles, which was so amazing and I was so proud of her," said Rogers of his wife and her friends.
It's a pride that spills over into other things, such as Wells' knack for gardening, something she instilled in her teenaged children at a young age.
Rogers is also proud of his wife's career success, but says she always took care of her family right up until the end.
"The night before she cooked us a really beautiful dinner, prepared it for the next night, and said I'll be home at three and we'll throw this thing in the oven and we'll have dinner. We ended up eating it on Saturday night, but she wasn't with us unfortunately," Rogers recounted.
Some argue that didn't have to be the case, since Hess was pulled over for speeding and driving without a license just hours before the fatal crash. Rogers doesn't see justice in the form of incarceration, but rehabilitation.
"Everybody makes mistakes at one point in their life or another," Rogers explained. "I've certainly had my share of dumb moments where I could have easily injured somebody pretty badly and I got lucky and this was unfortunate."
Two others are also implicated as accessories in this case. Cindy Sheppard was arrested amid allegations that she supplied Hess with narcotics in the hours before the crash. The 19-year-old's fiancee, Scott Martin, was summonsed to court for allowing an improper person to operate a vehicle.
The Hamilton community is rallying around Wells' 16 and 17-year-old kids by setting up a college fund for them.
If you would like to donate, payment can be made to:
The Alex and Elise Rogers College Fund
Salem Five Bank
2 Bay Road
S. Hamilton Ma 01982
Attn: The Alex and Elise Rogers College Fund