LIBERTY COUNTY, TX — A 51-year-old Massachusetts man died Sunday after a driver crashed into his cross-country cycling group on FM 787 near Rye, according to My San Antonio.
The collision occurred on the eastbound lanes of Farm to Market Road 787 about three miles outside Rye on Saturday, October 30 at approximately 11:00 a.m.
Authorities said six cyclists were participating in an annual cross-country riding event, trekking from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida at the time of the crash.
The group was heading east when a 66-year-old man driving a Ford Escape “failed to maintain [the car’s] speed” and collided with them, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Massachusetts man was transported by airlift 40 miles away to a Beaumont hospital, where he died from his injuries Sunday.
A 54-year-old South Hamilton woman and a 59-year-old woman from Santa Rosa, California, also suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to separate hospitals.
Authorities said no other cyclists in the group were hurt.
The involved driver stayed after the incident but was later released without any immediate charges or citations.
An investigation by Texas DPS is ongoing to determine any forthcoming charges.
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