Mother of cyclist injured by hit-and-run driver wants more cyclists wearing helmets


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

AUSTIN – The mother of a 27-year-old cyclist fighting for his life at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital says she has no idea if her son will get better.

Brian Lindquist remained in critical condition Monday night, three days after a driver hit him and kept going.

“He had a craniotomy early Friday morning right after the accident. His brain is still swollen,” said his mother Susan Buehler.

Truett Don Jones, 25, is charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxication assault.

Austin police said Jones encountered Lindquist at 17th Street and Guadalupe around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Lindquist was riding his bicycle to work at the Double Tree Hotel on 15th Street when the incident occurred.

According to arrest affidavit for Jones, he is said to have had bloodshot and glassy eyes. The paperwork mentions that Jones asked officers what he hit, and that he fell backwards during his sobriety test.

Detectives said Jones dragged the bicycle Lindquist was on, leaving deep grooves in the payment. It was these markings that led police right to him.

A computer background search on Truett Don Jones found at least three previous arrests for marijuana possession, the latest on Aug. 12 in Guadalupe County.

“We don't know, nobody knows if he's going to survive. Nobody knows the long term effects, his cognitive abilities or anything right now,” said Susan.

She told KVUE that hopes other Austin cyclists will wear helmets at all times, and even wonders if a helmet would have helped her son.

“I wish he could see what he's done to my son and everything that we're having to go through," said Buehler.