Auto-bicycle crash

Emergency responders load a 52-year-old bicyclist into an ambulance Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a car near the intersection of 24th Street and West Waco Drive. Police said he was crossing Waco Drive through a median when he was hit by an eastbound car.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

A husband and wife were arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of endangering their 2-year-old son’s life when they fled from police during a traffic stop, Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin said.

William Jay Hill, 25, and Amanda Renee Loftin, 24, both of Bellmead, were traveling in a Dodge Dart without the headlights on at about 2 a.m. in the 1300 block of Behrens Circle, Martin said. Police tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled from police, he said.

Police followed the fleeing car until the driver, Loftin, lost control and came to a rest on an embankment in the 7200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Martin said. Hill and the couple’s 2-year-old son were also in the car at the time of the crash, Martin said.

Hill and Loftin appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, he said. The boy was not injured but was placed at risk, Martin said.

Police arrested Loftin on a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child and a state jail felony charge of evading in a vehicle. Martin said Hill resisted officers but was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child and a Class A misdemeanor charge of resisting transport.

Loftin remained in McLennan County Jail on Wednesday with bond listed at $15,000. Hill also remained in custody with bond listed at $12,000.

Martin said the investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Cyclist hit on Waco Drive

A 52-year-old bicyclist was hurt after a car hit him as he crossed Waco Drive on Wednesday afternoon, Waco police Officer Marc Luna said.

Police were called to the intersection of West Waco Drive and 24th Street at about 12:30 p.m. where the bicyclist and car collided. Luna said the bicyclist was traveling through a parking lot of a business on the north side of Waco Drive when he decided to cross the road in an attempt to continue south.

“He comes across Waco Drive, jumps the median and he tries to head down 24th Street, except traffic is coming,” Luna said. “He tried to get across the street, but the car hit him.”

A female driver and a female passenger were in the car at the time of the collision. Luna said neither occupant reported injuries when they stopped and gave police statements.

Emergency responders administered first aid to the bicyclist and transported him to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. Luna said the man suffered what appeared to be a broken leg and road rash, but injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The driver of the car was not immediately cited for any violations. The crash remains under investigation.