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18 years for Texas drunk driver who killed cyclist then tried to hide body

Court hears impact catapulted body of Eddie Arguelles into bed of lorry driven by Emilio Gomez

A drunk driver who killed a cyclist in Texas and, according to police, attempted to conceal the body afterwards has been sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment.

Emilio Gomez, aged 24, pleaded guilty at Hidalgo County Courthouse to intoxicated manslaughter in relation to the death of Eddie Arguelles, aged 38, last April, reports the Associated Press.

The impact from behind was so violent that the body of Mr Arguelles was catapulted into the bed of the truck Gomez was driving. Police claim that he later attempted to dispose of the victims’s body in a drainage ditch.

The sentence was reached after lawyers acting for the driver struck a plea bargain that saw some of the charges against him dropped since he had no previous convictions.

A crowdfunding page raised more than $17,000 to pay for the funeral of Mr Arguelles, who left a wife, an 11-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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