Ghost Riders

In Houston, bicycling is known as a killer sport.

The Rios family lost. According to Rios's riding partner Ahmad Cherry, Silver Eagle's attorneys successfully argued that the driver was not on the clock and thus the company was not a party to any damages. Cherry says a suit is still pending against the driver alone. "I don't know what can come of that," he says. "Even if the guy loses, what are you gonna do? Take his CD collection? He's not an affluent guy or he wouldn't be driving a beer truck." (Neither of the two firefighters involved in the collision that killed Leigh Boone was charged with a crime, and the Boone family, not optimistic about its chances of winning in court against a city employee, has not filed suit.)

Cherry thought it was ironic that a beer truck would be his friend's undoing. "He gave up the doughnuts and the alcohol and then that Bud Light truck came callin' for him," he says. "It was like the alcohol was gonna get him one way or another."

Wurth says it wasn't booze that found a way to kill Cisco Rios. Cisco was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and had Houston's approach to enacting its long-planned, half-finished bikeways plan not been so lackadaisical, he would not have been. Beer trucks are not allowed on bike paths, after all.

When Cisco Rios failed to make it to a big game, Cherry knew something was badly wrong.
Photos courtesy of Ahmad Cherry
When Cisco Rios failed to make it to a big game, Cherry knew something was badly wrong.
Houston Texans games were a highlight for Night Rider All Stars Cisco Rios and Ahmad Cherry.
Photos courtesy of Ahmad Cherry
Houston Texans games were a highlight for Night Rider All Stars Cisco Rios and Ahmad Cherry.

john.lomax@houstonpress.com

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