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.