Two men caught red-handed trying to dispose of cyclists body
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:33:59 GMT —
Two men allegedly caught red-handed trying to dispose of the body of the victim of a deadly hit-and-run.
Edinburg investigators are questioning them as to how it all happened, and men are awaiting to be criminal charges.
The victim, Eddie Arguelles is an avid bicyclist and UTPA faculty member.
The tragic accident that took his life is already impacting many in the community.
Edinburg police said 38-year-old Eduardo Arguelles and another cyclist were riding along U.S. Highway 281 and Trenton Avenue when Arguelles was hit by a white Ford pickup truck around 4:30 Thursday morning.
The pickup failed to stop and render aid and from what I understand, [the driver] turned off their headlights, blacked out, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed, Edinburg Police Lt. Oscar Trevino said.
The other cyclist dialed 911. Officers and firefighters found Arguelles bicycle mangled along the side of the road, but said they were unable to locate the victim's body for several hours.
Word of the accident traveled quickly. Arguelles TMs cycling group 5 AM Wake Up and Ride took to Facebook sending out prayers in hopes that he would be found safe. Hours went by and there was still no sign of Arguelles.
"It was at that point that the traffic investigation division started to suspect the possibility that upon impact the bicyclist may have flown in the air and landed in the bed of the pickup," said Lt. Trevino. About two hours later, the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office received a tip about a man talking about disposing a body. The description of the truck matched hit and run vehicle. When officers caught up with the truck at the end of Iowa Road, the vehicle had significant damage to the windshield and front bumper.
"Immediately, they observed that there was a body that was laying outside the pickup and there was evidence to show that the body was inside the bed of the pickup, said Lt. Trevino, To sum it up-they were caught in the act of trying to dispose of this body."
Investigators believe they were trying to hide the evidence in a nearby body of water behind the brush.
At this time, a fund has been set up to help the family during this difficult time. If you would like to help, you can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/8ewyl0
Loved ones are hoping to hold a memorial bike ride in honor of Arguelles sometime next week.