Created: 04/18/2014 6:46 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Prison time – lots of it – for an Albuquerque driver who killed a motorcyclist in a crash caught on camera.
It happened on Central Avenue near Old Town in March 2012. A security camera mounted on a city bus caught the action – reckless driving so bad the driver will do six years in prison. A Cadillac pulls out of a filling station and cuts right in front of the onrushing bus – then slams into a motorchycle in the left lane. Some said the driver of the car was on his cell phone.
Dead: Ron Queen of Albuquerque, 44 years old, leaving behind a wife and two kids. One of his kids was autistic. Friends told us Queen put in many hours volunteering with other autistic children.
A jury found 33-year-old Erminio Gonzalez guilty of homicide by vehicle and fleeing the scene of the accident. Gonzalez had eight prior felony convictions, including robbery, burglary, narcotics. Since the crash he has been serving time for violating his probation.
“I want to apologize to the family from the bottom of my heart,” Gonzalez said in his sentencing hearing Friday. “I’m sorry. I’ve got something I have to live with for the rest of my life.”
“I’m here because a good and loving man was stolen from us over a foolish act on a beautifully tragic morning on March 24, 2012,” said Queen’s best friend Bill Marshall. “I thank Ronnie for being my friend and I loved him and I miss him and I just wonder if this is real sometimes.”