A 30-year-old female bicyclist, who’d just set off on her bike after having a lunch date with her husband in Houston’s Museum District, was struck and killed by a dump truck on Tuesday, April 24. The woman had apparently just parted ways with her husband, a Rice University employee, moments before the dump truck struck her rear tire as she entered a nearby crosswalk just before noon.
The dump truck driver was apparently preparing to make a right turn from the 6000 block of Sunset Boulevard at the same time that the female bicyclist was preparing to enter into the marked crosswalk. Witnesses reported seeing green lights illuminated for both at the time.
It’s unclear if her husband was still in the area when the accident occurred. An incident report on the matter doesn’t reference the woman undergoing lifesaving measures at an area hospital. Thus, it appears that she died instantly from the impact of the crash. The driver of the dump truck remained at the scene and cooperated with the police investigation into the crash.
On May 8th, the decedent’s husband filed a restraining order against E. Cruz Lazo Trucking, the owner of the dump truck believed to have been involved in the crash. In the court filing, the woman’s widower asked a judge to sign off on the order so that any and all evidence related to the crash will be preserved. It’s unclear when the judge is expected to hold a hearing in the matter.
Source: ABC 13, “Bicyclist killed in crash with dump truck in Houston’s Museum District,” Pooja Lodhia, April 24, 2018