POSTED: Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 12:55pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 3:41pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — New information about a bicyclist killed Saturday in Santa Teresa. Friends are speaking out about what they said happened when their friend was hit by an off-duty Border Patrol agent's truck.
Motorists on Pete Domenici highway drive past the site where Floyd 'trey' Hancock died Saturday morning.
"Trey’ got a little bit behind us so we were a little further up the hill and we heard a 'pop pop,’” Rob Lovett said. Lovett he's been cycling with the victim, who he called ‘Trey’, for years. "I rode with him that day. He was. He's a conscientious rider.”
New Mexico State Police say the agent, Anthony Aragon who was on his way to work, stopped his vehicle when the accident happened. "Thank God. But it was actually my friend that was performing CPR until the EMT's got there."
Lovett is upset at what happened ad even angrier at what Aragon had claimed. "The absolute first thing this border patrol agent said was, 'he swerved in front of me.'"
Other borderland cyclists are also troubled by the incident. "One death is too many, really, in this kind of situation,” Scott White with VELO Paso Bike Pedestrian Coalition told us.
"You don't like to see anyone die in any kind of situation but when it involves a cyclist, of course it hits a little close to home,” Rolando Morales, Advocacy Director for EP Cyclists explained. The idea now is to make the roads safe for everyone. "That's a route that's used by cyclists all the time. As a driver, and as a motorist, you need to be aware of that."
Lovett, who is also a Personal Injury Attorney, wants everyone on the road to understand the law better. "It's the law in Texas and in New Mexico that cyclists are allowed and should ride on the right hand side of the lane as close as they can get and they have the same rights as a motor vehicle."
Hancock is survived by his wife and children.