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Texas driver who killed cyclist on cross-country trek is charged, claimed he's 'blind in one eye'
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Texas State Troopers filed charges Wednesday against the Liberty County driver who in October hit a group of six cyclists on a cross-country trip, killing one of them.

Michael Weaver, 66, is charged with criminally negligent homicide, according to Sgt. Erik Burse of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The six cyclists were pedaling along FM 787 near Rye, Texas, around 11 a.m. on Oct. 30 when Weaver steered his Ford Escape into the group. Kent Wosepka, a 51-year-old cycling enthusiast from Massachusetts, was air lifted to a Beaumont hospital, where he died the next day. Two others, including Wosepka's fiancée, were also hospitalized in serious condition. None of the other cyclists were injured.

Weaver told troopers investigating the crash that he was blind in one eye and had impaired vision in the other, according to a crash report. Troopers also claim Weaver failed to control his speed when he slammed into the group. Wosepka was the first of the three to get hit, according to a diagram of the crash.

Weaver is facing up to two years in jail if he's convicted. Online court records in Liberty County do not yet reflect the charges and it's unclear if he has been arrested yet.

Kent Wosepka , 51, died after a driver crashed into a group of cyclists in Liberty County on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. His fiancée, Betsy O'Brien, 54, was severely injured.

Wosepka and his fiancée, Betsy O'Brien, pushed off from San Diego on a cross-country bike ride Sept. 13, pedaling through the southern U.S. on their way to St. Augustine, Florida. They met up with another group on a similar trip, and the two joined to form the final group that was eventually involved in the collision.

As the ride unfolded, Wosepka frequently posted updates to Strava a digital service for logging cycling miles, running routes and other activities. The day before the crash, Wosepka noted that he'd witnessed an increase in dangerous driving after crossing into Texas while riding his steel-framed Masi.

"Still in Texas," Wosepka posted on Strava the Friday before the collision. "Worst drivers so far."

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