BOISE -- Friends, family, and fellow church members of a 53-year-old hit and run victim remembered and honored his life on Wednesday. The funeral for Victor Haskell took place at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Boise.
Haskell was riding his bike home from his restaurant job of washing dishes on the night of Sept. 25. His family tells KTVB that he rode his bike everywhere he could, and authorities say he had lights on both the front and back of his bike.
Authorities believe just before midnight, Haskell was hit at an intersection where construction work had closed the sidewalk.
Police charged Gavin Haley with leaving the scene of an injury crash. Haskell's body was found Thursday morning, hours after the accident.
On Wednesday morning, friends and family gathered at the church where Haskell was a dedicated member.
"His faith was very strong, he was here three times a week and every Sunday," said the victim's sister, Brenda Haskell.
Brenda says her brother was a humble and selfless man. She was shocked to learn about his sudden and tragic death.
"My brother is no longer here, we were very close, and just the guy that hit him, I hope he feels remorse, but I don't think he does," said Brenda Haskell.
The children of St. Mary's helped honor Victor by singing and participating in the funeral. Victor knew the students well since he was at the church so frequently.
Brenda Haskell says she hopes her brother's tragic accident helps bring about change at the intersection where he died. She says there should have been more warning to bicyclists that construction had closed the sidewalk.
Family friend Vaughn Adamson agrees.
"It literally abruptly ends and they had it all dug out and there were cones going down, so there was no way to go through there without going into the road," said Adamson.
We did talk with the Ada County Highway Department about the intersection on State Street where Haskell was hit. A spokesperson tells us there are three detour signs warning bicyclists that the sidewalk ahead is closed.
In court earlier this week, prosecutors said that Haley admitted to drinking the night of the crash. His defense said he did stop after the accident, but didn't know exactly what he hit. He turned himself in the next day.
Victor's family and friends also wonder if the charge against the suspect is appropriate. If convicted, Haley could face five years in jail.
"I do hope the gentleman does him time and realizes what he's done," said Brenda Haskell.