Two men charged in death of Edinburg cyclist
POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 11:01am
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Family and friends of 38-year-old Eddie Arguelles packed the courtroom in Edinburg this afternoon for the arraignment of the two men who allegedly hit and killed Arguelles Thursday morning while he was out riding his bicycle.
The accident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the southbound frontage road of U.S. Hwy 281 near the Conquest Blvd intersection.
Authorities caught the suspects in the act of trying to dump the victim's body near a canal on Iowa Road just hours after the accident.
Emilio Gomez, 23, faces felony charges of intoxication manslaughter, accident involving death, and tampering with evidence. His total bond for all three charges is set at $2.25 million.
Gomez was driving the white pick-up truck that struck Arguelles. His blood alcohol level is not available due to pending toxicology reports.
Nelson Cantu, 23, is charged with failure to report a felony and has a bond of $50,000 for the misdemeanor.
Arguelles was an active cyclist in Edinburg and was very involved in the cyclist community. According to his friends, he was even part of a 5 a.m. bike riding group.
His loved ones are still shocked by his death, but they are keeping his memory alive.
"Eddie was a jokester," said his aunt, Olga Arguelles. "He loved to sing, he made you laugh, [and] always had a smile on his face. Everyone's gonna miss him dearly, dearly, dearly."
There's no bike lane on the frontage road that Arguelles was traveling on when he was struck and killed Thursday morning. His family says there's no excuse for what those two men did to their loved one.
Unfortunately, Arguelles's family is all too familiar with the death of a loved one hit and killed while riding their bike.
"Same thing happened to his uncle over 20 years ago, he got hit," Arguelles's aunt explained. "He was on his bike also."
Arguelles's death marks the second fatal cyclist accident in Edinburg in less than three weeks. The other one happened on March 29 when a driver hit and killed a man riding his bike before crashing into a tree.
Friends and family of Arguelles who are also avid cyclists are seeking justice for bike riders who travel in the street.
"Just because they're on two wheels does not mean they cannot respect them like if they had four wheels," said Olga Arguelles. "I think something needs to be done with this."
Arguelles is survived by his wife, Monette, and two young children--an 11-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.
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