Man indicted in Austin cyclist's death


by KVUE News

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 10:21 PM

AUSTIN -- A Travis County grand jury indicted a man Tuesday in the death of a cyclist.

Maurice Widener, 86, was indicted for criminally negligent homicide in the death of Verter Ginestra. The avid cyclist was killed while riding his bicycle at 360 and Westbank Drive in April 2012.

Ginestra's friends told KVUE News that he was always safety conscious and wore his helmet along with bright colored clothing to stand out.

Those safety precautions weren't enough to save the husband, salesman and father of two last year.

Police say Widener was attempting to pass other cars when he veered onto the shoulder and hit Ginestra.

A report from investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety showed that Widener was speeding when he went around traffic and onto the shoulder of 360 rear-ending Ginestra. The cyclist died within minutes.

Widener has been allowed to keep his drivers license, however, a Travis County judge could revoke it as part of his bond setting.

The elderly man has hired high-profile attorney Roy Minton who didn't return our call Tuesday night.

A Travis County prosecutor told KVUE News that Widener is expected to turn himself in to authorities within the next few days.

If convicted he could receive probation or anywhere from 180 days to two years in jail.