The driver of a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle and swerved into the path of Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler. This occurred in August 2007. A passenger in the Bruehler’s car was killed and the Bruehler’s spent the last two years recuperating from their life-threatening injuries. During their recuperation they used to ride their tandem bicycle around my neighborhood. They took their last bicycle ride yesterday morning when another driver of a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle. They leave behind a 7 year old orphan.
A couple who survived a head-on collision two years ago were killed Thursday morning when a truck slammed into them as they rode a tandem bike in Northwest Bexar County, authorities said.
Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler, parents of a 7-year-old girl, were struck from behind while riding their two-person bicycle on the shoulder of Texas 16, about three miles north of Helotes.
Alexandra Bruehler, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 42-year-old husband was airlifted to University Hospital, where he died about an hour later. Their daughter, Kylie, was not with them.
Lizette Fiedler, a cousin, said the family is devastated.
“After years of rehab, they got their bodies back into shape and Alex was even accepted into the New York Marathon,” Fiedler wrote in a comment she posted on mySA.com. “Tragically, they were struck yet again this morning and now killed.”The Bruehlers were southbound in the 18500 block of Texas 16 when a pickup driven by Gilbert John Sullaway Jr., 40, plowed into them about 10:45 a.m., said Deputy Ino Badillo, spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. The truck then dragged the bicycle about 200 feet, Badillo said.
He said it appeared that Sullaway, a resident of Helotes, veered off the highway in a Ford F-150 at least once before the cyclists were hit, but investigators don't suspect alcohol played a role. Both cyclists were wearing helmets.
“He lost control of his vehicle and drove off the road,” Badillo said. “He overcorrected and as a result of that struck the bicyclists.”
Badillo said the collision appeared to be an accident and didn't think the driver would face charges.