Three people are dead and at least one is injured after a series of collisions involving a pickup truck, a bicycle, and several other vehicles near Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Police are not yet sure of the cause of the fatal bike accident, but reports indicate that alcohol was most likely involved.
According to a police statement, the fatal series of events began in the early morning hours when a pickup carrying three young men traveled south on University Avenue in Lubbock. The vehicle suddenly traveled over a curb, rolled over onto its side and struck a 68-year-old man on a bicycle as he was attempting to cross University Avenue.
The truck continued to slide on its side along University Avenue, snapping off the top of a fire hydrant before eventually coming to a stop.
Of the three men in the pickup truck, only the driver survived the accident. The other two, ages 23 and 27, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, as was the bicyclist.
The driver, a 26-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. However, he was immediately released to a nearby hospital as a result of the massive injuries he sustained in the multi-vehicle accident. He was placed in critical condition. It is unknown whether the police will proceed with that criminal charge.
Many of the details surrounding the accident are still not known. Police say that there were four additional vehicles involved with one other victim, but they are declining to elaborate further.
This accident is just one example of the danger caused by people who choose to get behind the wheel and drive drunk. It is not known whether the victims' families will file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against the driver.
Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, "Driver arrested, hospitalized after three die in pickup v. bicycle crash near Texas Tech," Adam D. Young, Jan. 29, 2012