Rob Lemon fell in love with cycling six years ago, when he was in college.
But his first love was his longtime girlfriend, Hillary Michilak, who he'd met her at a Lutheran summer camp.
"They were two peas in a pod. They were inseparable. He was just a great kid. Just an awesome kid. The world is going to be a lesser place without him." says Rob's father, Pat Lemon.
On Labor Day, Rob and Hillary hit the road on their tandem racing bike before sunrise, but the early morning ride would be their last. Investigators say 29-year-old Christopher Weed was on his way home from his job at Shepard's Beach Resort when he hit them on the Memorial Causeway and kept going.
Another driver found them and their mangled bike on the side of the road. Hillary was still clinging to life, but Rob did not survive.
"He knew there was a danger in it. We talked about it. He knew there was a danger but he loved it so much. It was part of his DNA, to be honest with you. It was part of who he was," Pat Lemon said.
Detectives found Weed's pickup truck parked in his backyard, with a shattered windshield. They say he told them he blacked out and doesn't remember anything. Detectives released a photo of his green Nissan pickup showing the windshield missing and damage to the front end and top of the truck.
"I know there's another family that's going to be hurting too besides Hillary's family and our family, because that's what he's going to go through. And the burden he's going to carry for the rest of his life is a hard thing to carry," Pat Lemon said.
Rob's family now hopes others will live on in his memory by donating his organs. It's a legacy of life Rob's family says he would've wanted.
"I hope that whoever gets them that it does good, because they're going to get a good heart," his father says.
Although Weed says he doesn't remember hitting them, he decided to come forward after seeing it on the news. He's now facing 2 felony charges of leaving the scene.
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