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Cyclists take tumbles, DPS reports

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The well-attended Thunder in the Hills Bike Rally held last weekend saw four of its participants injured in accidents in Bandera County, according to Department of Public Safety reports.

Friday, April 1, was no April Fool's for Omar Vasquez, 33, and his passenger, Patricia Vasquez, 31, as they slid along State Highway 16 at 9:46 pm. Both Houstonians sustained non-incapacitating injuries but were transported to Boerne Methodist by EMS.

Vasquez was traveling north to Mansfield Park, but missed the unlighted entrance. He attempted to make a belated turn and lost control. He was cited for not having a Class CM license. Both victims were wearing helmets.

Two cyclists sustained injuries in separate accidents Saturday, April 2.

Troy Smith, 45, of Cibolo, attempted to avoid a deer on Highway 16 about 100 feet south of Old San Antonio Highway. He was transported to Boerne Methodist with non-incapacitating injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 8:15 pm, Wayne Hancock, 36, of New Braunfels was traveling east on RR 337 when a deer challenged his right to occupy the roadway. Hancock struck the deer and overturned. He suffered serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio by EMS.

Two days prior to the start of the bike rally, Frederick Mcginnis, 53, of San Antonio, sustained serious injuries in an accident on RR 337 near Mill Creek Road. Mcginnis was traveling west when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his motorcycle. He was air-lifted to University Hospital. The accident occurred at 4:41 pm. Mcginnis was wearing a helmet which was damaged in the crash.

DPS Troopers Scott Shinar and KE Morgan investigated the accidents.

The DPS also cited four drivers for DWI 1st, and one DWI 3rd over the weekend.

Bandera County Sheriff's Office dispatch reported two DWI citations.