PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — An 88-year-old man died five days after a vehicle struck him on his bicycle in Pflugerville.
A spokesperson with the City of Pflugerville confirmed that Thi Ho died on Sept. 17. The crash happened in a crosswalk near 10th Street and Settlers Valley Drive at about 7 a.m. on Sept. 12.
People started leaving flowers near the crash site in memory of Ho. Several neighbors said he would wave and smile at them during his bike rides along the trails near there. His daughter, Myhien Ho, told KXAN that he biked regularly in this area because it’s near his house.
“He was out here every day, every single day. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold or if it’s rain,” Myhien said. “He said the exercise is the key to be strong and healthy.”
She said she would often talk to her father about riding across roads because she was concerned about drivers in the area.
“Even if you are right to go, you always stop before you go,” Myhien remembers telling her father. “You look around before you go because, some people, they might not stop.”
The city reported that the driver who struck Ho stayed on the scene after the collision. Pflugerville police said their investigation has shown that there was “inattention on both sides.” That’s why they have not written a citation or recommended a charge against the driver.
Yellow signs reading “yield to pedestrians” with flashing lights are currently placed by this crosswalk, but Ho’s loved ones said the city should do more more to keep people safe.
“The point is I don’t want it to happen to anyone in the future,” Myhien said.
A spokesperson said Pflugerville city leaders are often having conversations about improving safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, but this particular crossing is clearly marked.
Ho’s funeral is set to be held on Saturday.