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." (Read more cyclists stories.)

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