Scooter rider killed after hitting truck driven by off-duty constable near San Marcos

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — An off-duty Hays County constable said he did everything he could do avoid a deadly collision with a woman riding a motorized scooter Sunday.

Sarah Marie Gee, 31, of San Marcos, died after authorities say she crossed a double-yellow line around 7 p.m. and hit a flatbed trailer just north of San Marcos, near the intersection of Post Road and Booth Drive.

David Peterson, the off-duty Hays County constable, was towing that trailer behind his truck. He has not been cited for a moving violation or charged with a crime.

On Tuesday, Peterson released a statement on the incident, saying in part, “My deepest condolences go out to the family of the mini-motorcycle driver. And I want to help the family in any way possible.”

According to the statement, Peterson says that the fact that he was the person involved in the incident did not change his duties as a law enforcement officer and that he immediately called 911 and started assisting the driver of mini-motorcycle.

Peterson thanked Gee’s family for their support and comfort, saying “…we prayed together, because they could tell I was deeply saddened by this tragedy.”

Peterson wrote that while he is hesitant to discuss the case before DPS finishes their investigation, he is confident that he did everything he could have to avoid the collision. He implored people to respect the family’s privacy at this time and to also refrain from spreading what he calls “false narratives.”

“I have read some news accounts that say I collided into the mini-motorcycle, and other false narratives,” wrote Peterson. “That is not true. I urge you to let DPS finish their investigation. The preliminary reports indicate even with all the appropriate evasive maneuvers that I took, it was not enough to save the life of the mini-motorcycle driver.”

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