Posted at: 09/13/2013 8:12 PM
Updated at: 09/14/2013 11:59 AM
By: Beth McDonough
A 92-year-old St. Paul man died after a hit and run accident Friday morning.
It happened near Prosperity and Ivy Avenues as Roy Kromschroeder was on his motorcycle on the way to the mall.
Police arrested 26-year-old Autumn Mason a short time later at her home. She's facing criminal vehicular operation charges.
Now, Kromschroeder's family has a message for all drivers.
"Watch for motorcycles, that would be my dad's message," says Jim Kromschroeder.
"So others who love life on two wheels, like Roy Kromschroeder did, don't die needlessly, he's never had an accident in his life, he rode motorcycles since the 60's, him and my mother used to go all around the country."
This time, the 92-year-old was going to Maplewood Mall. That's where Kromschroeder meets up with friends to walk everyday. Only this trip was stopped short, when a car, allegedly driven by Autumn Mason, ran a red light, slamming into him.
"She got out of the car, got back in the car and drove away and left him laying there to die, it's senseless," according to Jerry Kromschroeder.
Mason left something telling behind: a license plate. Police used that to track her down and arrested her at her home in Vadnais Heights.
KSTP dug into her background and found that she's been convicted six times for prostitution, DWI, theft and endangering the safety of others.
While it's heartbreaking for Kromschroeder's sons to reflect on how their dad died, "if you hit somebody stop."
They'd prefer to remember how he lived. They shared their parents' wedding picture.
Kromschroeder is in uniform, he served in the Coast Guard in World War II. Patriotism is evident in Kromschroeder's yard and his sons eyes, "he was extremely proud of his service to this country and this is how his life has to end, it's devastating."
Roy Kromschroeder's life and legacy will be honored Friday, September 20, at Fort Snelling State Park. He'll have full military honors.