Houston cyclist hit, killed by suspected drunk driver

Cyclist Hit and Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver
Cyclist Hit and Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver

HOUSTON – A family in southeast Houston is grieving after their loved one was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver Saturday morning.

Hector Mario Saldarriaga, 60, was riding his bike along Galveston Road when police say Crystal Reyes, 37, hit him and left the scene.

“It was a tragedy for all of us. We never expected to lose him that quickly,” Saldarriaga’s brother-in-law, Sergio Sarduy said.

Police say Reyes almost hit another patrol officer as well. That officer pulled Reyes over and determined she had been drinking. She was arrested and posted a $30,000 bond.

Sarduy says it’s been tough for the family.

“You have no idea how much pain you have created,” Sarduy said.

Saldarriaga was from Colombia and had a passion for cycling. He was a part of several bicycle groups in Houston and trained for triathlons and marathons.

“He would go everywhere he would go to Austin, Dallas wherever there was a competition that was his passion,” Sarduy said.