Sirens & Gavels

Questions linger in fatal hit-and-run

Helen Widener, wife of the bicyclist who died following a hit-and-run crash in June, says she is taking it day by day. A suspect has been identified but not charged. (Colin Mulvany)
Helen Widener, wife of the bicyclist who died following a hit-and-run crash in June, says she is taking it day by day. A suspect has been identified but not charged. (Colin Mulvany)

Helen Widener, wife of the bicyclist who died following a hit-and-run crash in June, says she is taking it day by day. (SRPhoto/Colin Mulvany)

For Helen Widener, the days haven’t gotten easier.

When Spokane police first identified a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that led to the death of her husband, Dennis Widener, last month, she wondered if she might be able to meet with her and make peace.

But as the days passed, she realized how impossible that seemed.

“I wake up with a broken heart every morning,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who did it. He’s still gone.”

Spokane police Cpl. Brad Hallock this week recommended prosecutors charge the suspected driver, 18-year-old Megan C. Skillingstad, with failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

Aug. 6: Suspect in hit-and-run identified

July 6: 'People have got to stop doing these things'




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