January 30, 2012
Intoxication manslaughter charges are pending for the driver that police say was involved in a pickup versus bicycle crash that killed three people early Sunday near the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock, reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
A 26-year-old man was arrested but immediately released to University Medical Center in critical condition from injuries he sustained in the crash, killing two of his passengers and a bicyclist at about 1 a.m. on University Avenue north of Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.
The man’s passengers, a 23-year-old male and a 27-year-old male, as well as a 68-year-old male bicyclist were pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe that the man was driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma south in the 500 block of University Avenue when the truck drove over the west curb, rolled over and struck the man on his bicycle. The cyclist was attempting to cross University from east to west, according to the police.
The pickup truck continued southbound on University Avenue, snapping off a fire hydrant before stopping just north of Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.
The police report indicates four other vehicles and one other victim were involved in the crash.
The Police Accident Investigation Unit continued investigating the crash on Sunday. Police were investigating alcohol and speed as possible factors in the crash.
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