AUSTIN (KXAN) — A cyclist was killed in South Austin after colliding with a truck, Tuesday morning.
Medics responded at around 6:30 a.m. to the 10200 block of Brodie Lane, just a few blocks south of Slaughter Lane.
Austin-Travis County EMS say CPR was attempted on the bicyclist but he died at the scene. The victim has been identified as 55-year-old Stephen Guiney.
Austin police says the driver of the pickup truck, who was traveling northbound, stayed at the scene and was not charged or cited at the site. There is a small paved shoulder on the northbound side of Brodie Lane and a sidewalk on the southbound side. After the scene was cleared on Tuesday, green markings indicating where the crash happened could been seen in the grass just off the northbound side of the roadway.
Austin police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash and did not say immediately if the cyclist had the red rear light and white front light required of cyclists riding in the dark.
Cyclist attorney says Austin growing more dangerous
Despite bicycle lanes and other measures to make the city more bike friendly, attorney Brad Houston said the relationship between bikes and vehicles on Austin roads is getting worse instead of better. He has provided civil representation in court to hundreds of cyclists involved in incidents on the road and after watching a news story about Tuesday’s deadly crash, he thinks the lanes on Brodie are wide enough and the tragedy could have been avoided if all laws were followed.
“The rule of law in Texas is bikes have the same rights and duties as a motor vehicle,” said Houston. “Bikes have a right to the road. They do not have to use the shoulder. Most do, but they have a right to be on the road.”
An avid cyclist himself, Houston said many cyclists prefer the road over sidewalks because walkways can be uneven, jagged, or rough to ride. Running red lights or stop signs is the most common law broken by cyclists according to Houston, but he feels those riders make up a small percentage of Austin’s riding community.
“Most obey the law, but there is a small percentage that do not. We all notice. I notice them because I don’t like seeing it.”
Even when tragedies occur, Houston said criminal charges usually do not get filed unless the driver is determined to be violating multiple driving laws in the course of the crash.
“They are not going to put people in jail for just being careless. They have to be more than careless for conduct to rise to level of a crime.”