A teen truck driver in Texas ran over six cyclists on Saturday, sending four of them to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The cyclists riding along a highway in Houston when a black diesel pickup truck intentionally slowed down and then accelerated in front of them to blow exhaust on the cyclists, one of the riders said.
“I thought someone was dead,” cyclist Chase Ferrell said, according to KRIV. “I heard a lot of crunching. I heard brakes. Tires screeching. People screaming.”
KTRK reported that two of the cyclists were treated at a local hospital in Waller County, and two others were airlifted to a Houston hospital to be treated for head injuries. Two other cyclists refused treatment.
Ferrell said the group was about 75 miles into their ride as they trained for an ironman. After the truck blew exhaust on cyclists in Ferrell’s lane, the driver attempted to do the same maneuver on cyclists riding ahead of Ferrell, the cyclist said, culminating in the collision.
“The reason he couldn’t stop is because he was accelerating to blow more diesel fuel on these cyclists,” Ferrell said. “He ended up hitting three people before his brakes even started.”
KRIV’s Matthew Seedorff shared images of the crushed bicycles on the side of the road.
-Matthew Seedorff (@MattSeedorff) September 26, 2021
Ferrell added that the driver, identified as a 16-year-old male, was intentionally trying to harass the cyclists. Authorities did not comment on the driver’s condition, KTRK reported.
“There was no reason for this to happen,” Ferrell said, adding that the teen stayed on the scene following the collisions. “It wasn’t like he was on his phone. [He] definitely meant to try and scare these people [or] intimidate them in some way. [Maybe he then] made a mistake and ran them over.”
The teen driver was not arrested as of Saturday, KRIV reported.
At least 25 years in prison for this idiot! Never allowed to ever drive for the rest of his life!
I can’t believe he wasn’t arrested as an adult, who obviously wanted to harm the cyclist. He’s lucky he didn’t kill someone. But that’s Texas for ya😡
My thoughts exactly. Old enough to drive; old enough to face the consequences as an adult.
Bicyclists have become liabilities too people who drive vehicle.They have more right than Dr rivers. We pay thousands in vehicle insurance, they pay ZERO NADA NIL.. THEY LINE UP IN FRONT IF CARS CROSSWAYS,60 MPH SPEED LIMIT. THEY LOL WHEN ITS NO PASSING FOR INTERSECTIONS THEY WILL GO TOO WHITE LINE THEN BACK ON HWY. THEY WEAVE ALL OVER WHITE BACK AND FORTH FIRST ON STREET THEN OFF THEN BACK… 45MPH, THEY GO 5 MPH IN MIDDLE OF LANE, RUN STOP LIGHTS NO LIGHTS AT DARK,CUT ACROSS TO MAKE LEFT TURN FROM FAR RIGHT LANE WITH HEAVY TRAFFIC. WE ALMOST HIT UNLIGHTED BIKES, 2 ADULTS 4 KIDS UND10. I could go on and on.. old farts riding bikes looking for fresh meat or naive females
Bullhockey-YOU obviously have an intense dislike for cyclists; the majority of them are “careful and respectful” of laws and other traffic and anyone, WITH a brain, uses some caution when driving by them. Of course, there are a “few exceptions” – -as there are to EVERYTHING IN LIFE. I suspect YOU are no different than this 16 year-old idiot and would, happily, run over a few cyclists, except you don’t have the guts. To intentionally “antagonize” anyone else on the highway i.e. TRUCK AGAINST BICYCLE is a “bully tactic” and this one didn’t turn out well. Makes me wonder “what” you would do in the case of a young mother, pushing a carriage, or stroller, either beside, or across the highway?? I suppose you “hate” those “traffic obstacles” as well – -they just get in your way; incidentally, YOU do NOT own the highwayb- – -neither does this juvenile delinquent in a truck. This truck brat SHOULD be arrested AND lose his license. As for “old farts” – -don’t know your age and don’t care, but make no mistake, YOU TOO will be an OLD FART some day. Be “careful” what you choose for exercise, or entertainment, or YOU might get “trucked”!
A teen cyclist ran over cyclists after blowing exhaust on them! I don’t understand why the teen cyclist wasn’t arrested, as what he did was dangerous and could have been disastrous! It seems that the cyclists weren’t seriously hurt but, in truth, they well could have been! One can only hope that a suitable punishment will be given to this unacceptable person!