Police: 2 Men Hit Cyclist, Try to Dump Body
Texas officers say cyclist may have flown into pickup on impact
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2014 6:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Texas police have arrested two men accused of trying to dump a cyclist's body after running him over on a highway Thursday morning, Raw Story reports. According to police, 38-year-old Eduardo Arguelles was cycling with a friend on US Highway 281 in Edinburg at around 4:30am when a white Ford pickup ran him over, reports Valley Central. "Upon impact the bicyclist may have flown in the air and landed in the bed of the pickup," said a police lieutenant. At that point, the driver allegedly flicked off his headlights and sped away.

With police investigating, and Arguelles' riding group posting on Facebook, a tip came in about a man seeking to dispose of a body. Police tracked him down to the site of a Ford pickup with extensive front-end damage and the body lying beside it. Officers then arrested Emilio Gomez on charges including intoxication manslaughter, and Nelson Cantu for failure to report a felony. Now a website has raised more than $11,000 for Arguelles' wife, 11-year-old son, and 4-year-old daughter, Fox Rio 2 reports, and an editorial at the Monitor applauds bike lanes but says drivers don't always respect them—"and tragedy is often the result."

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Remy Bourreau
Apr 25, 2014 11:32 AM CDT
We had two Americans riding bikes here in the morning about 10AM and one of them was run over by a speeding pick up truck which the other rider was able to ID. The run over rider was pronounced DEAD at the scene. The truck was later found outside of a trailer full of ILLEGAL FOREIGN NATIONALS from mexico. When the police asked them who was driving the truck they ALL denied ever having driven the truck and claimed someone must have STOLEN the truck, run over the American and then returned the truck. The worthless, dumbass cops said the case was closed as they HAD to believe the lying, ILLEGAL Mexicans!
TwoSheds
Apr 21, 2014 9:20 PM CDT
I do hope the prosecutors have considered the fact that the bicyclist may well have been alive when he landed in the pickup bed.
$28919642
Apr 21, 2014 11:42 AM CDT
.... and an editorial at the Monitor applauds bike lanes but says drivers don't always respect them—"and tragedy is often the result." Yup. Four wheels hates two wheels. Bets that Emilio Gomez and Nelson Cantu cursed the poor guy they ran over, for "getting in their way"? Bets? Anybody?