WALLER, Texas – An investigation continues in Waller County after a 16-year-old with a van knocked down six Houston-area cyclists on Saturday morning.
“The Waller Police Department is investigating the incident within the city limits,” Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry said. “It is in the best interests of all parties involved that law enforcement conduct a thorough investigation.”
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The accident happened along the old highway 290, about three kilometers west of downtown Waller.
In total, four of the cyclists had to be hospitalized, two of them transported by helicopter for treatment.
“I thought someone was dead,” Chase Ferrell said.
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Ferrell was cycling behind the group of cyclists when they were run over. He says they trained for the IRONMAN Texas on Saturday morning. About 75 miles into their training run, Ferrell says a black diesel pickup truck slowed near him and accelerated to blow smoke into his lane. Moments later, Ferrell claims the van tried to do the same to the other cyclists in front of him.
“The reason [the teen driver] couldn’t stop, that’s because he was accelerating to blow more diesel fuel on these riders, “Ferrell said.” He ended up hitting three people before his brakes even started. “
On Monday, FOX 26 questioned Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis about the case. According to Mathis, he learned of the crash around the same time people on social media started contacting him.
“I am very disturbed by what I read,” Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said. “If what I read was true, we have problems.”
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We are told the 16-year-old driver remained at the scene and encountered police on Saturday. However, the teenager was not arrested.
“I don’t have the evidence in front of me at this point to say why he was not arrested, [or] if he had not been arrested, “Mathis said.” I await the investigation [report] to get here so that we can make these decisions to seek justice. “
In 2017, two cyclists were killed in Waller County after a driver intentionally ran over them. The driver, Victor Kevin Tome, was sentenced to life in prison earlier this summer on one charge of capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
“We take these things seriously in Waller County when it comes to cyclists,” Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said. “This incident involved a 16-year-old driver. The matter is being investigated by the Waller Police Department as it occurred within the city limits. Then the matter will be referred to the office. district attorney for review. This single incident is not indicative of any “tolerance” for this kind of aggressive conduct by Waller County. “
The case will be reviewed and presented to a grand jury to determine whether the 16-year-old driver will face criminal charges. A timeline has not been given for the legal process.