(Memphis) A man is behind bars, accused of a deadly hit a run. Police say, Sentell Stephens had three 40-ounce beers in his system at the time of the crash.
Orange paint shows where 65 Year old Sam Smith landed after his motorcycle was slammed into by a pick-up truck on Park. Saturday night, Sam was out riding with his bike club, Unified Riders, when witnesses say a drunk Sentell Stephens ignored a stop sign, turned down Park, veered across the lines and crashed into Sam. Alex Sanchez saw the whole thing happen to his best friend.
“I just talked to him the whole time and held his hand, he didn’t make it. He didn’t say anything, he was just shaking. I told him, ‘I’m not going to leave you,” said Sanchez.
Police say Stephens didn’t stop, witnesses tailed and police arrested him a few blocks away on Dallas. Stephens’ 2-year-old son was in the front seat. Officers also discovered Stephens didn’t have a license. Despite what happened, Alex says he’s hurt, but not angry.
“You have to forgive and move on. He was caught by officers, they got him,” said Sanchez.
Sam was like a dad to Alex and watched out for many other riders in Memphis.
“He’s the most careful rider we know. He always rode in the back of the pack,” said Sanchez.
The man he knew as fun loving and spirited is who Alex says he’ll think of as he rides from now on.
“I’m going to get a personalized tag with his name on it,” said Sanchez.
Stephens heads to court Monday with a slew of charges, including Vehicular Homicide and Driving under the Influence.