HOUSTON - Surveillance video obtained exclusively by KPRC 2 News shows just how dark the intersection is where a Houston police officer hit and killed a cyclist Thursday morning in southeast Houston.
An HPD patrol car struck the bike rider just before 4:30 a.m. in the 8600 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to Houston police.
People who work at Nicey's Restaurant on the opposite corner of the intersection knew the man who died.
"Oh, my God, you know someone and then you find out they are dead. It was a freak accident," said Nicole Jackson, manager at Nicey's Restaurant. "I knew him from school, everyone in the neighborhood knew him. He was always on his bicycle. He was just a good guy."
Officers said the bicyclist ran the red light and pulled in front of the patrol car, which was westbound on Reed Road.
Police said Officer R. Scott, a three-year veteran on the force, was behind the wheel and attempted to swerve, but ended up hitting the bike. A witness behind the squad car said the officer had the green light.
Scott immediately called for EMS crews, but the rider died at the scene.
The officer suffered minor bruises and scrapes.
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