Family of bicyclist hit, killed by tow truck allegedly speeding on Beechnut demand justice

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Bicyclist hit, killed; Police say speed may have been a factor
"Everyone on this street speeds a lot. I may have to move because everybody is speeding, mainly the tow trucks," a witness said.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston police say a speeding wrecker driver may have played a factor in a crash that killed a 67-year-old man on a bicycle on Sunday night.

The victim, David Hundley, and his nephew Anthony Sinopoli were crossing when a tow truck heading east on Beechnut near Braewick crashed into Hundley at about 9 p.m.

"I was with him, crossing the road," Sinopoli said. "And he walked by, going across it was clear. The truck just hit him, struck him, down the road."

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In video footage obtained by ABC13, Sinopoli can be seen screaming and running toward his uncle after the crash, but it would be too late.

"It sounded very loud, it was very fast, you could hear the screeching", a neighbor, Chelsea Cortez, said. "I thought he had hit the light pole right there."

"It sounded like a car hitting a car, and it was a man. He took in the whole front end of the truck," Karen Knight, another neighbor, said.

Knight has known Hundley for decades and described him as kind and someone who was always looking out for his nephew and the neighbors.

"I feel like I lost a friend, you know. He was a good person, and he was very helpful. You don't get much help anymore," Knight said. "He was very helpful to the neighbors."

Houston police say initial reports show the wrecker driver may have been speeding, an assertion the wrecker company's owner disputed in a phone call with ABC13.

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The driver has not been arrested as HPD continues the investigation.

Sinopoli says his uncle, who has watched over him for 20 years, deserves justice. Now, he's not sure what to do next.

"He was a good man, worked hard. He retired. He didn't deserve this," Sinopoli said.

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