Beverly Duffield was killed as she pedaled her bike on an early morning ride, struck by an illegal alien driving an SUV. Roberto Salvador Alvelais-Torres drove off, but witnesses were able to describe the vehicle and he was quickly arrested.
Duffield was an amazingly active 74-year-old clinical psychologist. It is remarkable that she was a well known person among the local cyclists. [Tulsa: Arrest made in fatal bicycle crash, Tulsa World, September 1, 2009]
Todd Swain, manager of Bicycles of Tulsa, said he had known Duffield about 13 years. He said she frequently rode in the area where she was hit.The accused was booked into jail for negligent homicide, leaving the scene, driving with no license and failing to have insurance. He admitted to police that he hit Duffield.
"She was an awesome lady, full of life. She was a firecracker," Swain said.
Adam Vanderburg, who owns Lee's Bicycles and the Trek Bicycle Store, said she was a longtime customer.
"Cycling was in her blood," he said. "I think it was kind of her own therapy."
Malcolm McCollam, an attorney and member of the Tulsa Wheelmen bicyclists association, said he often saw Duffield riding and that she usually rode alone.
Here's a local news report: Suspected Illegal Alien Runs Down Tulsa Woman.
The Tulsa World published a thoughtful article of remembrance: Cyclist hailed as 'a good person' .
Beverly Duffield was a little woman, but she made a big impact on everyone she knew, her friends said. [...]Of course, if the government had been doing its job of enforcing the borders and immigration law, Beverly Duffield would not have been struck down by illegal alien Roberto Salvador Alvelais-Torres because he would not have been here at all.
Duffield was 74 years old, but many people who knew her casually said they would have guessed she was much younger. Even the medics who responded to the crash guessed that she was in her late 50s to early 60s.
Duffield, a clinical psychologist, was well-known in the cycling community, among mental health professionals and at St. John Medical Center, where she frequented the health center and volunteered. [...]
Joy Kordis was her office manager and personal assistant for 13 years until Duffield retired about two years ago.
"She was like a second mother to me, and she was just a good person. I could write a book about all of the things that she did for people," Kordis said.