A 26-year-old man has been arrested after causing a Texas drunk driving accident that killed his two passengers and a bicyclist on January 29.
Police believe that Brian Cody Hawthorne was intoxicated when he was driving his 2001 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck carrying 23-year-old Arturo Hernandez Almaguer and 27-year-old Kenrick Lamaar Johnson.
Hawthorne was driving south in the 500 block of University Avenue in Lubbock when his truck struck a curb around 1:00 a.m., causing the truck to roll over. The pickup slid along the passenger’s side and hit a fire hydrant, which flew through the windshield and struck the two passengers.
The vehicle then struck 68-year-old Courtland Whitmore, a bicyclist crossing University Avenue, before coming to a halt near Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.
Johnson, Almaguer, and Whitmore were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses at the scene watched Hawthorne climb through the hole in the windshield to escape the vehicle. Police officers arrived to find Hawthorne lying on his back and screaming in pain. He was taken to University Medical Center for treatment of his extensive injuries, where an officer reported smelling alcohol on Hawthorne’s breath.
Hawthorne has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault. After he was released from treatment at UMC yesterday, he was booked into the custody of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Hawthorne provided a blood sample to officers at University Medical Center. Lubbock police Sergeant Jonathan Stewart has not yet released the results of the toxicology test to the public.