Houston Church Strangely Opposes Traffic Reform After Cyclist Death
As we approach the end of 2023, the number of cyclist fatalities in Houston continues to rise, prompting a search for clues in the most recent tragic incident.
On the evening of November 19th, James Midkiff, aged 36, was cycling southward along Houston Avenue at approximately 9:10 p.m. when a southbound white sedan struck him as he approached the railroad tracks near Winter, as reported by the Houston Police. According to a witness, the collision sent Midkiff soaring into the air, but the driver responsible did not stop.
Even though the incident is less than one month old, Trinity Downtown church has weighed in on safety improvements to the road outside of their building. While the church may feel like the road safety improvements may hinder their operations, it does seem very odd that they would oppose it in such an open way.
The cyclist, James Midkiff was killed relatively near the church, who decided to post that Traffic data does not support safety concerns. Even if this were posted by a local business, it would seem a little tone-deaf given what has just happened, but locals were shocked that a church would weigh in on the matter in such a manner.
Houston Police have designated this incident as a felony hit-and-run case due to the driver’s failure to stop at the scene. Sgt. Rose added that the sedan involved may exhibit damage on the front driver’s side and possibly the windshield. Authorities urge anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle to contact the vehicular crimes office at 713-247-4072 or Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered in connection with this incident.