May 26, 2022


Bicyclist killed is Harris County’s 6th bike death of 2022

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A bicyclist was hit and killed by a driver who sped away Sunday morning near Sheldon, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. 

Police said Raymond Daniel Wike was southbound in the 9900 block of Sheldon Road just north of U.S. 90 around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. That’s when the driver of an unknown vehicle, which was also southbound on Sheldon, slammed into the back of Wike as he pedaled in the far-right lane, according to sheriff’s office crash scene investigators. The driver sped away after hitting Wike and was not apprehended, police said. 

Paramedics rushed Wike to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. It was not immediately clear who called 9-1-1. 

If caught, the driver could face a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid, a second-degree felony for drivers who flee the scene of a deadly collision. Investigators noted the driver “failed to control speed” as they slammed into the cyclist. The sheriff’s office’s Vehicular Crimes Division is continuing its investigation into identifying the driver. 

Wike is at least the sixth bicyclist to be killed on Houston and Harris County streets since the start of 2022, putting the county on pace to have slightly fewer bicyclist deaths than those in 2021’s record-breaking streak of 24 deaths. So far in 2022, a majority of the deaths occurred on roadways in the city of Houston. Wike’s death was in unincorporated Harris County, the first such death recorded outside the city this year. 

Here’s a map compiled by Chron showing when and where cyclists have been hit and killed on roadways within Harris County since 2013. 

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On Feb. 7, rider Chung Ko was hit and killed by the driver of a Toyota Tundra in broad daylight in the 7800 block of Bellaire Boulevard in Houston. On Feb. 19, Jose Gutierrez Prieto, 56, was hit and killed by a driver in the 11000 block of Mykawa Road. The driver sped away but later turned himself into police and was charged with failure to stop and render aid. 

The next day on Feb. 20, an unidentified 52-year-old man was hit and killed by the driver of an Audi A4 in the 1700 block of Texas Highway 6. Another cyclist, 46-year-old Michael Allen Chadwick, was hit and killed by a semi-truck driver in the 2100 block of Houston Boulevard in the city of South Houston on March 7. Then on March 23, cyclist Bernardo Trejo was killed by a dump truck driver on Texas Loop 494 near Kingwood. 

Investigators did not share any other details in Wike’s death and did not release a description of the vehicle or driver in question. 

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