The bicyclist killed Monday night after he was struck by a Capital Metro bus near the University of Texas campus was an employee of the FOX 7 Austin TV station.
It happened at around 10:30 p.m. on Jacinto Boulevard near the E. 23rd Street intersection, which is close to the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.
Police say 39-year-old Anthony John Diaz was riding a bicycle northbound next to a CapMetro bus when he was pulled under the bus and pinned.
In a tribute on their website, FOX 7 says Tony was a longtime operations employee who worked on multiple newscasts.
He was also a Navy veteran, and worked for the Armed Forces Network in Italy and San Diego.
CapMetro President and CEO Randy Clarke issued the following statement after the crash:
On behalf of the entire Cap Metro family, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Diaz during this difficult time. We will continue our internal investigation of the crash and are working cooperatively with law enforcement officials.
As a cyclist, I feel very strongly about the importance of safety for cyclists and all roadway users. The 1,800 men and women of CapMetro consider safety our number one value and are committed to operating your community’s public transportation system in a safe and courteous manner.
All of us at CBS Austin and Telemundo Austin offer our condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Diaz as well as our friends at FOX 7 Austin.