Bicyclist in accident
American Statesman, Fri. Dec. 6)
- A bicyclist killed in a
collision with a truck at Guadalupe and West 10th
streets Tuesday has been identified as Keith Allen
Vick, 36, of Austin.
- Bicyclist dies in
American Statesman, Wed. Dec. 4)
- A bicyclist was struck
by a truck and killed Tuesday in downtown Austin. The
36-year-old man's name was not released because
relatives had not been notified. The truck was
traveling south on Guadalupe Street and turning west
onto 10th Street. Investigators think the bicyclist
tried to stop while crossing 10th Street at 5:24 p.m.
and was thrown into the path of the truck. The man
died on arrival at Brackenridge Hospital.
Keith's friend, Stefan
Dec. 6, 2002
- I called Brackenridge
and then the County Medical Examiner to learn that
Keith's body had been released to his family
yesterday, to his brother John and her wife Edna, who
are from Conroe, Texas (40 miles north of
Dec. 12, 2002
- Today I went to APD to
get a copy of Keith's accident report and I went to
get a copy of the County Medical Examiner's
- Here is a synopsis of
the accident report.
- The stated time of the
accident was 5:24 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The report
was filed by APD's C. Carlisle (ID NO. 3368), who
arrived at the scene at 5:31 p.m. EMS, Austin Medic 7,
arrived at the scene at 5:26.
- Clarence Ray Rivers, a
38-year-old man, an Austin resident, was driving a
white Ford cargo truck, owned and operated by Conway
Transportation, a company located at 8101 Bagby
- The report says the
truck was south bound in the 1000 block of Guadalupe
(at 10th St.) and stopped at a red light and that
Keith was also south bound in the same block of
Guadalupe riding a bicycle on the
- It says that the truck
made a right turn on red, and that Keith failed to
yield right of way to "Pedestrian Crossing Device" and
rode his bike into the side of the truck. Keith fell
under the truck and the truck drove over
- On the report in the
section called "Factors And Conditions Listed Are The
Investigator's Opinion" it listed as a factor for the
truck "Defective or no turn signal lamps." And it
listed for Keith "Pedestrian failed to yield right of
way to vehicle."
- The accident supplement
has spaces for Witness Description of What Happened,
and Driver's Description of What Happened. But these
spaces were blank in the report. There were no
- The Medical Examiner's
report says something slightly different about how
Keith hit the truck. It says he was thrown from the
bike. Here is what it says:
- "On 12-03-02, the
decedent was riding his bicycle when reportedly a
truck turned in front of him. The decedent attempted
to brake to avoid the truck and ended up being thrown
from the bike. EMS arrived and transported the
decedent to Brackenridge Hospital with CPR in
progress. All lifesaving measures were attempted but
failed. The decedent was pronounced dead at 5:56 p.m.
by Dr. Cottey of Brackenridge Hospital."
- After completing the
autopsy, the Deputy Medical Examiner, concluded that
Keith "came to his death as a result of multiple
traumatic injuries." These included a crushed head,
crushed chest, and crushed abdomen.
- STEFAN'S ADDITIONAL
- What's clear is that
Keith was killed because he was run over by the truck.
But we only have one short paragraph in the accident
report describing where Keith had been before
colliding with the truck or before it collided with
him. It says he was on the sidewalk. It's probable
that he was on the sidewalk. But the accident report
also indicates no witnesses and no statement from the
driver. So it could be the description of him being on
the sidewalk is the investigators interpretation of
what happened. We don't know for sure.
- Having no witnesses
listed on the accident supplement either means that
the investigating officer found no witnesses, or
failed to complete that part of the report. Either way
it makes it hard to get a second opinion.
- I don't know for sure
whether this case is closed or still open, because I
haven't talked to Detective Gish who on Friday I found
out was supposed to be in charge of the
Dec. 13, 2002
- Dear Detective Terry Gish,
- I am writing to you regarding a traffic fatality
which occurred on Dec. 3, 2002, at the corner of 10th
and Guadalupe in Austin, in which a cyclist Keith Vick
was killed in a collision with a Conway Transportation
truck driven by Clarence Rivers. (Incident No.
- The reason that I'm writing is because I've
noticed a discrepancy between the accident description
found in the APD accident report [page
1, page 2] and
evidence that I found at the scene of the accident.
This discrepancy may have an important bearing on how
the accident happened.
- The accident report, written by APD's C. Carlisle,
states that Keith Vick "rode his bike into the side of
- But I believe that the point of impact between the
cyclist and the vehicle was the right front, not the
- The reason I say this is because I found pieces of
broken clear glass and orange plastic at the accident
scene. I first noticed this debris when I went to the
scene last Friday to video record it. These pieces
were in the sand that had been put down to soak up the
- Today I went back to the accident scene. These
pieces were still there. I gathered them and examined
them more closely. The clear thick glass definitely
appears to be headlight glass.
- The only logical explanation for broken headlight
glass is that the point of collision was the right
front, which means that the truck hit Keith Vick.
- The accident report states that the truck driver
was stopped at the red light and then made a right on
red. If that is true, I'm wondering how the cargo
truck could have built up enough speed - from a
complete stop - and had enough impact - in about 20
feet - to cause the headlight glass to shatter (it's
heavy duty glass). These big trucks aren't known for
their fast acceleration.
- An alternate explanation is that the truck did not
stop at the light, and made a quick, sharp right turn,
coming very close to the curb, and smashed into Keith
with the right front of his truck, breaking the
headlight glass, knocking Keith over, and running over
him with the front tire, and then possibly the rear
- I urge you to consider this alternate explanation
as one that is plausible.
- If you don't think it is, I'm wondering how we
account for the broken headlight glass amidst the
debris from the accident? That wouldn't have been
there if Keith had ridden his bike into the side of
By Detective Terry
Gish, Dec. 13, 2002
Mr. Wray: I was the Detective on the scene the night
of the collision. We make all fatality scenes in the city
when they occur. I can not, and will not discuss this
case with you, since you are not a family member. All I
will state to you is that you are not correct with your
assumptions. Leave the investigation to me. Thank
The truck that killed
Dec. 16, 2002
This afternoon we drove out to Conway Southern Express
at 8101 Bagby and found the truck that ran over and
killed Slave (Keith Vick) last week.
We know it's the truck because it matches the
description and the license plate number in the accident
Slave was killed by this truck when it ran over him at
the northwest corner of 10th and Guadalupe on Dec. 3.
It's hard to believe that Slave did not see this truck
coming, and, as the police report says, he ran into
That fact that Keith probably saw the truck doesn't
mean he could have avoided the collision. If the truck
turned right in front of Keith as Keith came off the
sidewalk, he might have had only a foot or two to try
to stop. Given the height of the truck, it's very easy
to see how Keith could have struck it and then slid
under the wheels.
We don't know whether Keith
hit the truck or the truck hit Keith, but we're also
not sure it matters.]