Charges for Waller teen who hit cyclists to be announced – mySA

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The force of the impact damaged the front end of the teenager’s truck. 
Potential charges against the teenage driver who drove his Ford Super Duty pickup into six cyclists in Waller back in September will be announced Nov. 8, the Waller County district attorney announced Monday. 
The county’s top prosecutor previously said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which will determine if the 16-year-old will face criminal charges over the collision. The teen in question was allegedly attempting to billow smoke from his truck’s augmented exhaust system onto the cyclists before accelerating into their peloton on Sept. 25 as they trained along Old Highway 290 for a triathlon. Police interviewed the teen on the day of the crash, but later let him walk free. Four of the cyclists were hospitalized with injuries ranging from soft tissue damage to traumatic brain injury. 
It is unclear what charges the district attorney is seeking for the teenager, if any. DA Elton Mathis previously speculated that potential charges could range from misdemeanor assault to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 
All that remained after the wreck were mangled bicycles. 
In a series of Facebook posts, Mathis and Waller police have gone back and forth over the handling of the investigation. Mathis said Oct. 11 that police officers mishandled the investigation from the outset, including by allegedly refusing to treat the collision site as a crime scene. He also said his office was investigating any criminal interference from the teen’s family, who were quick to show up that day to the scene before the driver was released. 
Then, on Oct. 14, Waller Police Chief Bill Llewellyn fired back defending his officers’ handling of the investigation, despite conceding that there were some inconsistencies. 
“That is true. The scene was not managed in a manner that is acceptable to me,” Llewellyn admitted in response to Mathis’ accusations of mishandling. “However, none of the deficiencies that have been identified were due to poor policy or procedure within the department, nor were they influenced by who was involved in the crash or any other personal associations.”
The arguments came just days after attorneys for the injured cyclists said the treatment of cyclists in Waller County was enough to “raise an eyebrow” about the validity of the investigation.
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Jay R. Jordan writes about how we get around Houston, among other topics like the environment and hot takes on complimentary bread.


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