It’s happened again.
For the second time in a week a Texas bicyclist has been struck and killed by a motorist while crossing a bridge.
First was Iris Stagner, 54, who was killed Sept. 17 while crossing a narrow bridge over the Brazos River on U.S. 180 a couple miles west of Mineral Wells.
And early on Sept. 23, reports the Austin American-Statesman, 30-year-old Robert Anthony Ramirez was killed as he bicycled across the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin.
Mahy was held in Travis County Jail, with bail set at $120,000.
The American-Statesman quoted Mahy’s arrest affidavit as saying that around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, a police officer arrived at the Congress Avenue Bridge to find witnesses who said they saw a Ford Mustang hit Ramirez at a high speed.
The witness attempted CPR on Ramirez until paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead a few minutes later. Pieces of the Mustang were found at the crash scene, the affidavit said.
“Just before 7 a.m., a man called police from a hotel and said he was the driver of the Mustang and wanted to turn himself in, the affidavit said,” the newspaper reported.
“Investigators met with the man, identified as Mahy, and he appeared intoxicated and had several bar receipts from the previous evening in his wallet, the affidavit said.
“Mahy told investigators he was the driver of the Mustang and its sole occupant, but declined to make further statements, the affidavit said. He was booked into jail that morning.”
Detective Karen Olson wrote in the affidavit: “Through my training and experience, and the time of the crash, it is probable that Brian Mahy had been out drinking all night and was possibly leaving the downtown area.”