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A bicyclist from Houston was hit by a car while riding Saturday in the 19,000 block of FM-3005 west of Jamaica Beach. 

Officials say he remains in critical condition at UTMB Hospital.

Jon Trevelise, 68, was riding east at about 11:30 a.m. when he was hit by a car going in the same direction.

He was taken by ambulance to the University of Texas Medical Branch.

There was no indication of alcohol being a factor in the accident and the driver was not charged.

It seems that we are becoming a third world country where anything goes! Just hit that guy on his bike, see what it looks like!!
Posted by Karin at 4/22/2014 1:24:15 PM

Obviously, the police know more than Karin. Who knows, the guy could have turned or swerved into traffic. Things like this tend to sort themselves out. Condemning the car driver without all the facts is not right.
Posted by YouKnowWho at 4/22/2014 5:28:51 PM

So you are implying this individual purposely hit this gentleman? Maybe you were there? Riding a bike down 3005 is an unnecessary risk to life and limb or not....hope he recovers though.
Posted by flatjaw at 4/23/2014 5:22:46 AM

Jon is a personal friend. He is an accomplished cyclist who has raised a lot of charity dollars through his participation in both the MS 150 and the Red Cross Tour de Rouge. He has cycled on Galveston Island for many years and he is anything but reckless. I was not there, so I can't comment on the exact circumstances. But instead of speculative bickering, I would suggest prayers for Jon, his family and all involved.
Posted by RB at 4/24/2014 10:40:21 AM

Yep, none of us were there. I do hope he has a speedy recovery.

The above said, riding a bike on a highway with vehicles traveling at highway speeds is a recipe for disaster, no matter the fault.
Posted by YouKnowWho at 4/24/2014 5:23:09 PM

Thank you to some of the previous posters for their uninformed comments. The woman who hit Jon was driving down the shoulder of the road looking for an address when mowed him down. There were several witnesses. As noted by RB, Jon raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity, and was training for the Red Cross Tour de Rouge Houston - New Orleans when run down by the distracted driver. For those also uniformed on matters of law, just because "the driver was not charged" does not mean they will not be in the future. Jon remains in critical condition with less than a 50% chance of survival.
Posted by C at 4/24/2014 10:23:08 PM

I'm very sorry for what happened to Jon. I will be praying for him and hoping that he recovers.
Posted by A. from Old Bridge at 4/28/2014 6:36:43 PM

the whole attitude of self importance in your vehicle has got to stop. It is a leftover from 60years ago. It has been part of the identity of drivers for far too long. Too many think they are in their "little island" and anything on the outside is of negligible consideration. My parents had this attitude. I absorbed it just by being in the car with them. A close call delivered me from this. Then we had friend who hit a little kid, Even tho he was not found to be at fault he still had to live w/ it. People need to consider the other side of the coin.
Posted by mariar56 at 4/29/2014 1:11:49 AM

We, as cyclists, should have the right to ride on the shoulder without fear of getting hit by a distracted driver. We are legally allowed to ride in the lane. Drivers need to watch in the direction the car is going.
Posted by Silverback at 4/29/2014 4:22:01 PM

You are absolutely right, mariar56. Many people that have no regard for others when behind the wheel would not think of acting like that if the other person could reach out and slap the living stuff out them. I'm sure they are not as rude in person for reasons of self-preservation.
Posted by YouKnowWho at 4/29/2014 5:45:48 PM

Siverback, I fully agree with you, and I ride from time to time, but inherently, riding on a road with inattentive drivers is playing Russian roulette. It's all about how much you value YOUR life. I can't think of any other way to put it. It's a risk, and to me, having my back to a vehicle moving at highway speeds is not a risk that I am going to allow another person to control. And also, there's the issue of someone having a medical emergency they were not expecting and losing control...or even sneezing as they pass you. Too much risk for me to pit my flesh and bones up against a vehicle whose weight is measured in thousands of pounds. We don't live in a perfect world.
Posted by YouKnowWho at 4/30/2014 4:59:42 PM

We ride in charity rides where we ride up to one hundred miles at speeds sometimes exceeding 20 miles per hour. We have to train on a street and a street with a shoulder is the safest. We know the risks. I do have sun glasses with a rear veiw mirror.
Posted by Silverback at 5/3/2014 3:02:59 PM

Interesting comments all. Since we may not fully know what happen, why are both parties to the accident not named in this news report? It seems as if bias plays a role in this reporter's story.
Posted by IMpartial Observer at 5/13/2014 9:19:51 AM

I personally know the driver. This was an accident. Tragic for both driver and cyclist and their families. Prey that none of y'all are ever put in the position to have this on your conscious .
Posted by OGCJM at 5/15/2014 2:59:06 PM

Jon is my second cousin. I have not seen him in many years. I too come from Union City.

My thoughts and my prayers are with you Jon.


Posted by Tony Galdini at 5/15/2014 7:45:48 PM

Preying or praying? Gross or simple negligence? Some things are best sorted out in court.
Posted by IMpartial Observer at 5/17/2014 9:30:55 AM

I know Jon & his family very well. His family will probably never recover from this tragedy. Whether the driver is to be charged is still undetermined. From what I understand the driver still has yet to reach out to the family. Now that Jon has passed away, it's up to the district attorney & courts to figure out what kind of justice will be served. Jon did not deserve this. He was a great husband, father, & grandfather. His wife & sons are grieving for over their tragic loss while the driver still gets todo everything they were doing as if this accident never happened. If I was the driver, I would've contacted the family & begged for forgiveness. The driver had still yet to contact them. Right now isn't the right time since Jon's family is preparing for his service. I hope that something is learned from this tragedy. Never put off saying anything for tomorrow since tomorrow may never come.
Posted by wallflower at 5/17/2014 6:32:24 PM

I wonder now that the cyclist has died from his injury, will the driver be charged with negligent homicide?
Posted by Aven Coulson at 5/18/2014 8:54:00 AM

We live on the west end of the island and drove by probably right after the ambulance left. Area was blocked off for about 5 hours while they measured skid marks and such. I looked for several days to find information about accident, but no mention of it anywhere. Our prayers are with the family.
Posted by RST at 5/19/2014 10:00:18 AM

@wallflower, hello, "I personally know the driver". This tragic event was an accident. Of course he did not "deserve" to lose his life as result of an accident. de·serve- to be correctly punished for your mistakes or bad behavior.Deserved Punishment (as an excuse)- is a type of excuse claim people can use in an attempt to justify a family of actio types that a person with good desires would normally be averse to doing.Specifically, punishment involves intentionally harming another. People generally have many and strong reasons to promote an aversion to intentionally harming others. However, people generally have reason to allow exceptions where this type of action promotes a more moral community and provides a defense against villainy. ac·ci·dent- : a sudden event (such as a crash) that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury: an event that is not planned or intended : an event that occurs by chance
The driver is a caregiver of three disabled family members. The only person in the household who brings anything to the table. Trust me when i say this accident was not easy for either side. i included definitions so you know how to use your words correctly. Nobody knows how or when they will pass, but it is the only thing guaranteed in life. I know this because i have lost immediate family members and though it is tough, you will recover and so will their family. Accidents happen every day. It is a part of life.
Posted by OGCJM at 5/26/2014 5:49:09 AM

@OGCJM - Stop trying to turn your friend into a saint when she clearly broke the law while driving on the shoulder. There are several signs on FM 3005 that state "Do NOT drive on shoulder". This accident would have never occurred if your friend followed the law. Jon would have been able to celebrate his birthday this past Friday & he could've participated in the Tour de Rouge earlier this month which he loved doing.
What makes you think that Jon wasn't caring for a family member with special needs himself? Jon raised a son with special needs. Jon was on the Special Needs Children committee for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Jon touched many lives not just mine. As for your comment that the family will recover, it will take decades if they even recover at all since Jon was the core of the family.
As for using my words correctly, I have used them correctly. I don't need a vocabulary lesson from you.
Posted by wallflower at 5/27/2014 5:42:42 AM

A 15 yr old teenager was struck by an ambulance that wasn't in service not too far away from that area last month August 27,it seems like the evidence was rapidly cleared b6 galveston authorities,the kid suffered multiple fractures among several other injuries,does anyone know about this incident???
Posted by fred at 8/15/2014 1:07:25 AM

wallflower, I am in no way trying to justify a very respected man losing his life. It is truly tragic. My point is it was an accident. Being in an accident doesn't make you a criminal. My heart goes out to his family and everybody who he has had a positive impact on their lives.
Posted by OGCJM at 9/5/2014 10:10:46 PM

My MOM IS A SAINT and the best woman I know. Please do not talk bad about her.... she turns 70 on Sept. 12 .... do you feel she needs to go to jail.... she was born and raised in Galveston... she is devasted and her only concern is his family not even her on life...I don't understand why you have to be mean... her own brother was hit and killed by car... accidents happen ... we all have to be thankful for the time we have with our loved ones... God called him home.
Posted by texasgirl at 9/7/2014 2:08:23 PM

A slap on the wrist is what she gets for killing another human being while driving illegally on the shoulder. I just lost my father so I feel for Jon's son more than ever. Did she even try to contact his sons? I believe she should do community service serving the cyclist community in Houston and in Austin. She should also seems letters to his sons apologizing for driving distracted. That's all of them wants. The other son is still very angry. It's been over a year since the accident & my last post so I've decided to say this. I know how precious life is no matter how it's taken whether it's by distracted driving or cancer. Texasgirl when it's your mother's time to pass I hope you get the chance to tell her goodbye since like Jon's son I didn't have the chance to tell my father goodbye. Good people die all the time before they get to tell their loved ones goodbye & I don't wish that on you. I would love for you and your mom to meet the cycling community & hear some stories about Jon. I would also like for you both to entertain the thought of meeting with his sons & acknowledging their loss. That's all they want & need.
Posted by wallflower at 10/4/2015 10:02:33 AM

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