A Des Moines man who pleaded guilty to hit and run faced the jogger he left on the side of the road in court. 42-year-old Robert Edmonds all but left Kendra Cantelope for dead last fall. Monday, a Polk County Judge sentenced him for the crime.
The 27-year-old Cantelope thinks about that night last November every day.
“I don’t get angry. I just move on,” she says.
Cantelope took another step in her recovery when she spoke at Edmonds’ sentencing.
“He just kept saying I’m sorry, I’m ashamed of myself. I’m sorry. It’s not who I am,” says Cantelope.
Edmonds pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.
“Everybody realizes this was a terrible accident, but he panicked and went home and tried to hurt himself,” says attorney Peter Berger.
Edmonds received a two-year suspended jail sentence, two years of probation, 300 hours of community service and was ordered to pay restitution.
“He so sincerely apologized that the Judge even went so far to say that she believed that he was remorseful, but for the rest of his life, he’s going to have to bear the cross for this,” says Berger.
“I know that it wasn’t on purpose even though that doesn’t excuse it. I just don’t feel like I’m in a position to judge him,” says Cantelope.
But she does want to know how this happened.
“Something was going on where he was not paying attention and I want to know what that was,” she says.
Cantelope and her family are still living with the painful scars from that night.
“It’s put my life on hold drastically,” but she adds, “I’m alive and I don’t have any brain damage so I can’t really complain.”