BOULDER, Colo. –
A former University of Colorado student who hit a Boulder teen with his car and fled the scene avoided prison time Thursday as part of a plea agreement.
Alexander Rek, 22, pleaded guilty in Boulder District Court to leaving the scene of an accident, a felony. As a condition of the agreement, Rek will likely receive probation and could do 200 days of work release or spend 90 days in the Boulder County Jail, according to prosecutor Michael Foote. Sentencing is scheduled for May 22.
According to police, Rek hit Eliseo Rodriguez, 16, while driving his Volvo car on Feb. 23, 2008, in the 800 block of College Avenue. Witnesses told police the driver swerved and accelerated toward Rodriguez and his friends, but only Rodriguez was hit as he stood in the street. The driver fled the scene, but an anonymous tip led officers to Rek’s home a day later.
Rek was facing six charges, including five felonies. He pleaded guilty Thursday to a Class 5 felony, and the remainder of the charges were dropped, including the top charge of second-degree assault.
Because of his guilty plea, he could face one to three years of prison. But Rek’s attorney and the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office have agreed to the probation, and Judge James Klein will rule on a sentence in May.
Rodriguez was not in the courtroom, but his mother, Elizabeth, said after the hearing that the verdict was “bittersweet.” Her son, a three-sport athlete at Boulder High, has had to go through painful rehabilitation and still can’t compete in most sports.
He was not in the courtroom because he was playing baseball for Boulder High in Brighton. Rodriguez can’t take at-bats because of injuries to his knee, but he was able to play centerfield, which his mother said has helped him regain some of his identity.
Rek, who said during the hearing that he has been suspended from CU because of the incident, declined to comment through his attorney.