Last week we ran an essay about two terrible instances in Texas in which drivers plowed into groups of cyclists on rural roads and were released without any citation or charges being filed. One of the drivers was an adult man, and one a teenage boy who’d coal-rolled the cyclists before running them over.
Yesterday, the Waller County District Attorney announced they’re charging the teenager with six counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, one for each of the cyclists he hit with a large truck. The driver has been indicted and surrendered himself into custody.
The DA released the following statement:
On September 25, 2021 a sixteen year old drove his truck into six bicyclists that were training through Waller County. Over the last six weeks this office has assigned its own investigators to seek out evidence, and to interview the victims and witnesses. We very much appreciate the patience of the victims and their attorneys as we have attempted to reconstruct the events, and to assess and gather the evidence that was not obtained that day. Today we have filed six felony charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon against the juvenile in question, one charge for each cyclist that was injured. Earlier today the juvenile voluntarily surrendered himself, and was detained by representatives from the juvenile justice department where he will be held in custody until further orders of the juvenile court. Thanks to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance in seeking justice for these individuals. We wish them the speediest of recoveries on their long journey ahead, and remind everyone to share the roads, obey the traffic laws, and to treat each other with the respect that we all deserve. Attorneys for the victims will be kept apprised of the status of the cases as they make their way through the justice system.
Of note, the statement thanks the Waller County Sheriff Office, but not the Waller Police Department, which has sparred with the DA over a failure to treat the area as a crime scene. The police department has admitted to mishandling the case.
Attorneys for the cyclists report that the group is recovering, albeit slowly.
First, we are happy to report that our clients continue to make advancements (no matter how small) on the long road of physical recovery ahead, and that their reasonable natures and respect for the process have allowed the criminal investigators and us to do our jobs. Our clients have shown us nothing short of remarkable patience and courage over the last month and a half.
They deserve recognition and have graciously asked that we thank you all for the outpouring of continued concern and support.
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