Gregory Loper's family wants to know why the alleged drunk driver accused of killing Loper was let go the very day before when he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Gregory Loper's family wants to know why the man accused in his death was arrested on drunk driving charges the night before, and let go.
Loper, a father to 11 children, was hit and killed Friday night while he was riding his bike in Kensington.
"He took this man's life literally two blocks from his house," said his daughter, Markkeida Cuffee.
Brett Truskin, 22, is charged with hitting and killing Loper while driving under the influence.
The day before, Truskin, who is from Bucks County, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after an accident on I-95 involving three cars, according to state police. Truskin was turned over the Philadelphia police, submitted a blood test and his car was impounded. He was released sometime Friday morning without posting bail, according to police.
Friday, he was back behind the wheel of his mother's car, sources tell NBC10's Deanna Durante, when he allegedly ran down Loper, who was riding his bike in a bike lane on Lehigh Avenue. Truskin's accused of DUI and trying to flee the scene. Witnesses held him until police arrived.
"We thanked them. . .from the bottom of my heart," his daughter said. "He [my father] was 49 years old. He had a long life to live. 49. He didn't see his 50th birthday."
Loper died at the hospital. Truskin is behind bars.