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DWI suspect in deadly hit and run out on bond

Stephen Helms (Photo courtesy of the Union County Jail) Stephen Helms (Photo courtesy of the Union County Jail)

By Ron Lee - bio l email & Jeff Rivenbark - email & Tom Roussey - bio l email

MONROE, NC (WBTV) - Police have charged a Charlotte man with the death of a bicyclist who was killed in a hit and run wreck in Monroe late Thursday night.

Stephen Lance Helms, 31, of Firethorne Road, Charlotte, was charged with second-degree murder and DWI.  He was released from the Union County jail Saturday evening on a $100,500 bond.

Officers with the Monroe Police Department were called to an accident on Rocky River Road near Myers Road around 11:30 p.m.

When cops arrived, they found 45-year old Roy Mittelsteadt of Monroe dead on the side of the road.  His bicycle was found a short distance away.

Mittelsteadt's family describes him as a selfless man who sacrificed for his four kids.

Mittelsteadt was riding his bicycle on his way home from work when he was struck by a hit and run driver, police said.

Officers immediately notified law enforcement officers in the surrounding area to be on the lookout for any vehicle with substantial front-end damage. 

Around 3:30 a.m., police officers in Wingate stopped a Honda Element which had "massive front end damage," police said.  The driver was placed under arrest for DWI.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed against Helms.

"He was drunk, and that's a preventable accident," said January Mittelsteadt, who is the victim's daughter.  "He could have easily stopped at the first drink, or the second drink, but he chose not to."

January says her dad worked as a custodian at Porter Ridge High School.

January attends Campbell University, and says her father sacrificed to send his kids to college.  She says it was the main reason he was even on a bicycle to begin with.

"He mainly did it for us...so he could provide for us more, and not have to spend all that money getting to and from work," she said.

January says her dad was her best friend.

"I'm a big daddy's girl.  Anytime I ever needed or wanted anything, I was like, 'daddy can I?', and he was there.  [It's] going to be hard."

The Mittelsteadt family is planning to hold a celebration of Roy Mittelsteadt's life on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Triumphant Word Church in Monroe.

January says just this past Sunday she had been riding with her father when they saw a funeral procession, and he told her when he died he didn't want the family to mourn, but to celebrate their memories of him.  The Sunday event is to honor that wish. 

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