Texas teen who crashed into cyclists while ‘rolling coal’ on them charged with multiple felonies


A Texas teenager who crashed into six cyclists on Sept. 25 has been charged with six felonies, the Houston Chronicle reports.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The 16-year-old driver was allegedly attempting to billow exhaust from his Ford Super Duty onto a group of riders training for a triathlon on Old Highway 290 when he lost control and drove his vehicle into the group, hitting six riders and hospitalizing four. The driver stopped and spoke with responding officers, but left the scene without charges or a citation, incensing local bike advocates and spurring a war of words between Waller District Attorney Elton Mathis and Waller Police Chief Bill Llewellyn over how the incident was initially handled.

Now, the Waller District Attorney’s Office plans to charge the teen driver with six counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is one felony count for each cyclist hit.

“On September 25, 2021 a sixteen year old drove his truck into six bicyclists that were training through Waller County. Over the last six weeks this office has assigned its own investigators to seek out evidence, and to interview the victims and witnesses,” a statement from the Waller District Attorney’s Office reads. “Today we have filed six felony charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon against the juvenile in question, one charge for each cyclist that was injured.”

“Earlier today the juvenile voluntarily surrendered himself, and was detained by representatives from the juvenile justice department where he will be held in custody until further orders of the juvenile court,” the statement continued.

Read more at the Houston Chronicle.

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