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Galveston Police Department
News Release
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

One Dead after Vehicle Strikes Two Bicyclists

On June 4th at approximately 10:10PM, the Galveston Police Department began receiving reports of a crash between a car and several bicycles in near 69th Street and Weis. Officers and rescue personnel responded and found two persons had been struck by a vehicle. The vehicle and its driver were present at the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the five bicycles were riding side-by-side and proceeding south on 69th Street towards the Seawall in a poorly lit stretch of road. The bicycles were equipped with reflectors but no lights. The vehicle turned onto 69th Street, and struck two of the bicycles. The two patients, both 23 year old males, were transported to John Sealy Emergency Room (UTMB) by the Galveston EMS.  Officers with the Galveston Police Department’s Accident Reconstruction Team arrived and began processing the scene shortly after the crash.

One of the cyclists suffered a broken arm and some cuts and abrasions; however, the other cyclist sustained serious injuries and despite treatment, died at approximately 6:30am this morning (June 5th).  The driver of the vehicle, identified as 50 year old Galveston resident Gerilyn Weberlein showed signs of intoxication while on scene, and as such was taken to UTMB after police obtained a warrant for her blood.

Weberlein has been arrested and charged with Intoxication Assault with a bond set at $100,000.  The department is working closely with the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office and due to the victims death, it is expected that charges will be upgraded in the future. The victims’ name is still being withheld until notification of next of kin can be confirmed.

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