Charges filed for death of bicyclist in Edinburg

Crime scene of Iowa and Tower Roads // File Photo

Two men faced a judge after being accused in a fatal accident where the body of an Edinburg bicyclist ended up in the back of a pickup truck that fled the scene.

Edinburg police charged Emilio Gomez and his passenger Nelson Cantu in connection to the death of 38-year-old Eduardo Arguelles.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Gomez was behind wheel at the time of the fatal autopedestrian accident early Thursday morning.

Gomez is facing intoxication manslaughter, accident involving injury or death and tampering with physical evidence charges.

Police charged Cantu with failure to report a felony because he allegedly knew about the fatal accident and failed to report it.

Arguelles and another cyclist were riding their bicycles along the frontage road of U.S. Highway 281 and Trenton Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police said the impact of the accident sent Arguelles' body into the bed of Gomez's pickup truck.

Investigators said Gomez took off not knowing his body was back there but later got Cantu to help him try to dump the body after finding out.

Police arrested the two men when they tried to dump Arguelles' body in a canal near Iowa and Tower Roads.

Both 23-year-old Gomez and 23-year-old Cantu faced an Edinburg Municipal Court Judge early Friday afternoon.

The judge issued $2.25 million dollars in bonds for Gomez and a $50,000 dollar bond for Cantu.