A teenage driver who drove his pickup into six cyclists in Texas this yr, severely injuring the group, has been charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, authorities stated.
The 16-year-old driver, who has not been publicly recognized, surrendered Monday and was taken into custody by juvenile justice officers in Waller County, northwest of Houston, the native district lawyer’s workplace stated in a press release.
A gaggle representing the injured cyclists, the Bike Legislation Community, stated on its web site that it had been “eagerly awaiting” the end result of the investigation “for what appears like an eternity.”
“We can not specific sufficient admiration for the six victims Bike Legislation represents on this horrific crash,” the group stated.
A lawyer representing the teenager stated in a press release that his shopper continues to wish for the cyclists’ fast restoration.
The lawyer, Richard DeToto, declined additional remark, citing juvenile confidentiality legal guidelines.
The crash occurred Sept. 25 on a four-lane highway in Waller, in accordance with an in depth account of the incident from the Bike Legislation Community.
The cyclists — who had been coaching for an Ironman competitors — suffered spinal, mind and cervical accidents, in addition to damaged collarbones, arms and wrists, when the motive force hit them with a Ford F-250, the group stated.
All six cyclists had been hospitalized, together with two who had been transported by Life Flight.
A witness advised the community’s legal professionals that the teenager “assaulted” one other group of cyclists simply earlier than the crash when he “coal-rolled” them, blanketing the world in diesel smoke, the group stated.
The community stated Monday that the injured cyclists face a “lengthy highway of bodily restoration forward.”
“Our purchasers have proven us nothing in need of exceptional persistence and braveness over the past month and a half,” the group stated.