A teenage driver who allegedly harassed Waller County cyclists by “rolling coal” ended up crushing a group and injuring six, media reports.
The six cyclists, who were training for an Ironman triathlon, were struck Saturday morning in a rural area on Business US 290 west of Waller, KPRC, KSAT’s sister station in Houston, reported. Watch their full report here.
Chase Ferrell, a cyclist who was traveling behind the group, said the teenager was driving a black truck and “rolling coal,” a term used when diesel trucks emit thick black smoke at unsuspecting people or vehicles.
The truck initially spat smoke at the group that Ferrell was riding his bike in, he said.
“It drove me crazy, so I sped up to try and catch up with him, so I could take a picture of his truck, take a picture of him or his license plate or something,” he said. he told KPRC.
Moments later, the truck ended up crashing into the group of cyclists in front of it. Ferrell said he believed they died from the collision.
“When I got to the scene I thought I was going to approach the people who had died,” Ferrell said.
Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry told the Houston Chronicle two cyclists were airlifted to a hospital and two were taken by ambulance for treatment. Two other cyclists were treated on site.
The 16-year-old driver remained at the scene and spoke to police, Ferrell said.
Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said the case was under investigation.
“Please know that this matter will be carefully examined and that appropriate measures will be taken as soon as the investigation is completed and handed over to this office,” he said.
Waller County is located northwest of Houston.
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