HARRIS COUNTY - A bicyclist is dead after being hit by a driver who deputies said may have been intoxicated.
The incident happened late Saturday afternoon in southwest Harris County along Highway 6 near Empanada.
Investigators said the bicyclist and the driver were headed south on Highway 6.
Both on the shoulder, the mangled bicycle came to rest in a grassy area on the side of the highway, about 75 feet from where investigators believe it was struck by the driver of a red truck.
"He made a statement that he didn't see the bicyclist until it was too late," said deputies. "He tried to swerve but at that point, it was too late."
The man riding the bike died at the scene. Harris County sheriff's investigators said the driver of the truck stopped after the crash and was cooperating.
Witnesses told deputies the driver had been driving on the shoulder of Highway 6, but investigators are not sure why.
"Either he was unaware that he was on the shoulder or due to possible impairment, he drove on the shoulder and struck the bicyclist in the rear," deputies said.
The driver of the truck was given a field sobriety test and investigators will also be using a blood test to find out if he was impaired, determining whether this was a tragic accident or a criminal offense.
The victim has not yet been identified, but Local 2 was told he was in his late 40s. Investigators said he was on the far side of the shoulder at the time he was hit.
Copyright 2013 by Click2Houston.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.