BEXAR COUNTY, Tx-- A man and his wife riding a tandem bike were killed last Thursday when a pickup truck veered off the road and hit them, according to the San Antonio Express
Gregory Bruehler and his wife Alexandra leave behind a 7-year-old daughter, for whom they had purchased a new bike the day before, according to a video
on the website of local TV and radio station WOAI.
Gregory Bruehler was taken to a hospital where he later died. His wife died at the scene.
A picture of their daughter Kylie on urbanvelo.com
depicts a young blonde girl in a pale pink antique-looking dress, matching purse in hand, gazing somberly at something off in the distance. A seemingly endless row of bikers watches on from the background, silently supporting their fallen comrades and their newly orphaned daughter at the memorial service for her parents Tuesday.
According to The Associated Press
, it seems likely that the driver of the pickup truck, Gilbert John Sullaway Jr. of Helotes, Texas, will not face any charges as a result of the accident.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoed legislation in June that would have
required vehicle drivers to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of
clearance when passing, legislation which Texas bicyclists worked towards for eight years, according to Flores' blog.
Local columnist Veronica Flores documented
the outrage of the local (and national) bike enthusiast community, stating that "bicyclists on the road are treated no better than deer."
The outrage of the bicyclist community is compounded by the fact that many bicyclists often feel they are constantly fighting in a very difficult battle against drivers who don't respect them and authorities who don't care enough about the interests and safety of riders, or the environment.
One reader of Flores' column, whose moniker is listed as "bikeboy," commented that Mr. Sullaway should have at least been cited for breaking the law by veering off the shoulder, then went on to say, "Where was the 'accident?' Oh I forgot they were bicyclists, just one notch above squirrels, deer and other vermin on the road."
However, and perhaps surprisingly, many of the others who commented on Flores' blog were not sympathetic to the dead couple, stating that the couple were breaking the law by riding on the shoulder, that biking on the road is dangerous, and even "it goes with the territory" when car drivers hit bicyclists.
Other readers shamed local law enforcement and government authorities,
asking in anger why the pickup driver wasn't cited for anything
whatsoever, and when those in charge will finally come around to
realize the gravity of the general bicyclists' situation.