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Driver crashes into six cyclists in Texas, with three hospitalised

Second incident in a month in which multiple riders have been injured near Houston

A driver ​in Texas has crashed into six cyclists, resulting in three being hospitalised – the second time in a month that multiple riders have been injured in a crash involving a motor vehicle near Houston.

The latest incident took place on Highway 787 at around 11am on Saturday morning in Liberty County, which lies to the north east of the city, reports ABC13.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says that the riders were travelling east on an annual bike ride from San Diego, California, to St Augustine, Florida – a distance of 2,500 miles by the shortest route.

Sheriff's Patrol Corporal James W. McQueen said that the vehicle involved was believed to be a Ford Focus, and that two of the cyclists were taken by air ambulance to a hospital in Beaumont, a city around 85 miles east of Houston.

Another rider was taken to hospital in Kingswood in Houston’s northeastern suburbs.

The incident is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and comes five weeks after the 16-year-old driver of a Ford pick-up truck crashed into a group of six cyclists in Waller, which a little to the northwest of Houston.

The driver in that incident was reported to have been blowing exhaust smoke – or ‘rolling coal’ – at the cyclists, but no charges have ever been brought and the chief of Waller Police Department has since admitted that it “mishandled” the investigation.

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The Waller County District Attorney’s Office has appointed a senior prosecutor to that case, who will work in partnership with a specialist in collision reconstruction to determine what caused the crash.

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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sparrowlegs | 2 years ago

Peak retardation. 2 incidents and 12 peoples lives put at risk. Anything else like this would have been seen as a homeland terrorism but it's only cyclists. They knew what they were doing when they threw their legs over those bikes. They became fair game, almost complicit in the crime committed.

The last bloke looks to have gotten away with it, what the betting this one does too?

hawkinspeter | 2 years ago

I just ran the ABC13 article through and it unsurprisingly got an 'F':

No mention of the driver except for "Officials have not commented on the condition of the vehicle's driver" and elsewhere there's usage of "cyclists were hit", "hit by a vehicle" etc.

Not particularly surprising as Texas is not known as being progressive or focussed on road safety.

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