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Keen cyclist was catapulted into the back of a pickup truck by collision; police find drivers disposing of body in drainage ditch

Two men in Texas have been arrested on suspicion of hitting and killing a cyclist, then attempting to dump his body in a ditch.

The details of the incident are not yet clear, but early police reports said that the impact had sent the cyclists into the back of the pickup truck the men were driving - and they then fled with his body.

Eduardo Arguelles, 38, a keen cyclist, was hit by a white Ford F-150 truck at 4.15am when he was on an early morning training ride with his cycling buddy - ahead of another ride with a Facebook group he was a member of, entitled ‘5AM Wake Up Ride’.

Edward’s training partner found his friend’s bike, called 911 and alerted the Facebook group, whose members called hospitals and police in an attempt to find their friend.

Police arrived and tried to find the cyclist using police dogs, but two hours later found the two male suspects trying to dispose of Edward’s body in a drainage ditch, according to The Monitor.

One friend of the cyclist said: “People tell me that here in the Valley there is no respect for cyclists,.”

A co-worker, Linda Mares added: “He was just down the road from a hospital. They didn’t have to disrespect him like that.”

Edward worked as a computer user services specialist for Texas Pan Am university, and was also studying for a degree there.

He had worked to improve cycling facilities at the university, including installing bike repair stations.

Edward’s friends have set up a crowdfunding page to help his family cover funeral expenses, which had raised well over $17,000 yesterday.

Last week we reported another case of a cyclist in Australia who was catapulted into the back of a pickup truck in a hit and run collision. Happily he survived unscathed, but had to call the police to stop the truck as he was unable to attract the driver’s attention.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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fatbeggaronabike [801 posts] 2 years ago
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Words fail me

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Tripod16 [153 posts] 2 years ago
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Scum!

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jasecd [387 posts] 2 years ago
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Just unbelievable.

I will be interested to see how the Texas judiciary rules on this.

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Username [167 posts] 2 years ago
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WTF

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georgee [161 posts] 2 years ago
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Let's face it, the CPS in this country would drop proper charges and try to do them for littering. Let's hope the US deals with these scum as appropriate.

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mrmo [2064 posts] 2 years ago
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well Texas does have the death penalty....

Hit and run then disposing of the body is pretty pre meditated...

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Belaroo [44 posts] 2 years ago
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Looking forward to hearing what happens, I don't agree with the death penalty, and Texas executes more people than any other state but will this driver even get a custodial sentence?

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HLaB [69 posts] 2 years ago
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And I thought the UK could be bad  13

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Joelsim [1973 posts] 2 years ago
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People like this deserve to just be left to rot in a locked room.

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don simon [750 posts] 2 years ago
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Death penalty you say? Didn't appear to deter this pair from committing this particular crime.
DEP Fella, no-one deserves that.

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mrmo [2064 posts] 2 years ago
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Belaroo wrote:

Looking forward to hearing what happens, I don't agree with the death penalty, and Texas executes more people than any other state but will this driver even get a custodial sentence?

I don't agree with the death penalty, but it is a valid punishment in Texas. I do wonder how the legal system will view this case and how far they would take it?

If the drivers had simply hit the cyclist then taken him to hospital, ok, they screwed up etc. But to then drive off and try and hide the body does rachet up the crime a few notches IMO.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1165 posts] 2 years ago
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mrmo wrote:
Belaroo wrote:

Looking forward to hearing what happens, I don't agree with the death penalty, and Texas executes more people than any other state but will this driver even get a custodial sentence?

I don't agree with the death penalty, but it is a valid punishment in Texas. I do wonder how the legal system will view this case and how far they would take it?

If the drivers had simply hit the cyclist then taken him to hospital, ok, they screwed up etc. But to then drive off and try and hide the body does rachet up the crime a few notches IMO.

I have the general impression that, even more so than with crime in general (where the difference is already quite marked) the US justice system is a lot tougher on killer drivers than ours is.

Though I'm not convinced that fact makes a lot of difference to road casualty figures, which is one reason why I don't think tougher legal penalties are the real answer (even if it sticks in the craw sometimes to see the lenient sentences the worst maniacs often get).

Oh, and in this case, its horrific that the victim got treated so disrespectfully even after his (safe to say wrongful?) death.

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hugebob [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Texas is a world unto itself. In Texas stupidity is king. Arizona and Oklahoma aren't too far behind.

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gb901 [149 posts] 2 years ago
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As the car sticker says "don't mess with texas"!

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faz. [23 posts] 2 years ago
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poor man, that's awful. Sounds like manslaughter to me, then failing to report a crime? Although there isn't any specificity in terms of crime disposing of the body, it doesn't mean it's pre-meditated, so I think they'd just be more harsh when sentencing.

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ecycled [7 posts] 2 years ago
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In light of this tragic event a recent article from Streets.mn (first link) may be of interest. It covers the topic of "Vulnerable Road User Protection Laws" that have been passed in some states here in the US.

More interesting is the 2008 veto (second link) by none other than Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, when the legislature attempted to pass such a beneficial law. Nothing short of the twisted logic of a strange, demented human being.

http://streets.mn/2014/04/07/vulnerable-road-user-protection-laws/

http://www.stc-law.com/pdf/Texas%20VRU%20Bill.pdf

(The pdf on Texas' veto came from this location, a list of more User laws from throughout the States - http://www.stc-law.com/vulnerable-user.html)

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Yennings [237 posts] 2 years ago
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Can't have been too much traffic on the road at that time of day. What terrible luck to run into a truck full of Deliverance-style rednecks. Fear in a state and country so utterly dominated by BIG OIL INC, the perpetrators won't get the punishments they deserve anyway...

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Jimmy Ray Will [452 posts] 2 years ago
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Driving without due care and attention, with potentially, attempting to pervert the course of justice... Nothin more. Small fine and maybe some community service tops.

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MKultra [396 posts] 2 years ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

Driving without due care and attention, with potentially, attempting to pervert the course of justice... Nothin more. Small fine and maybe some community service tops.

No such offence in the US.

It's Texas and those two are looking at Vehicular Manslaughter at least and they have got them cold for Obstruction Of Justice. That alone will almost always bring jail time in Texas, in relation to the first offence it's an agrivating factor which may in fact kick it up to murder

This is assuming they don't have previous violent felony convictions of course which could lead to them being over the limit on the three strikes law - then it's life imprisonment.