FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The ex-girlfriend of the victim of a hit-and-run victim said it was a slap in the face to hear what the driver had to say during his sentencing.
Alejandro A. Gaytan, 36, was ordered to serve two years for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death and Operating a Vehicle as a Habitual Traffic Offender for a Jan. 31, 2016, crash that left Jude A. Lamb dead in the middle of South Anthony Boulevard. Gaytan pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month.
Biddlecome said Lamb had a bond with his children that only Gaytan was able to break.
For more than a year Biddlecome’s children, five-year-old Kayden and four-year-old Kole, have lived without their father Jude Lamb.
“Boys need their father,” Biddlecome said. “Yes I’m a good mother, but they need their father.”
Biddlecome was one of several family members who spoke at the sentencing last Thursday. Along with Biddlecome, the mother of Lamb’s youngest child, and his 17-year-old daughter spoke. Along with his comment regarding Lamb’s character as a father.
“I was praying [Gaytan] would have nothing to say but we all know that didn’t happen,” Biddlecome said.
Gaytan told the court through an interpreter that God knows what happened that January night. Then, referencing testimony from one of Lamb’s loved ones, said, “What loving father would be walking down the middle of the street late at night?”
Biddlecome said Gaytan’s comments were a “slap in the face.”
“Yeah God knows,” Biddlecome said. “God knows [Gaytan] ran [Lamb] over. How dare he try to blame that on Jude. Are we not allowed to walk across the street to get to the other side of the street? Who says that?”
Biddlecome said the silver lining to all this is the relationship her sons have with their older sister, Jude’s teenage daughter from a previous relationship, who has started spending more time with her brothers since their dad’s death.
“She is a wonderful young lady absolutely wonderful,” Biddlecome said. “She loves those boys.”
Biddlecome said Lamb always wanted to take his kids to the beach so after his death they went to Florida to scatter his ashes on the beach.