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Motorist Gilbert Sullaway faces criminally negligent homicide charges in cyclists' death

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SAN ANTONIO - The trial of a man who struck and killed a couple with his pickup truck got underway in 144th District Court Wednesday morning.

Gilbert John Sullaway, 44, is charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of Gregory Bruehler, 42, and his 36-year-old wife, Alexandra.

The couple was riding their tandem bicycle southbound on Highway 16 just north of Helotes on the morning of Oct. 1, 2009.

“My wife said, 'Oh my goodness, there’s – there’s a body,’” Raymond Holley testified as Sullaway’s trial began.

Holley, the state’s first witness, said he and his wife were also southbound on Highway 16 when Sullaway passed them.

“He just kind of blew past me," Holley said. “He was going very fast. (He) blew around me very fast.”

Seconds later, Sullaway’s truck struck the couple. Alexandra Bruehler was killed instantly. Her husband died a few hours later at an area hospital.

Holley said the next thing he saw was dust and debris everywhere. And a cyclist's helmet and shoe lying in the highway.

After spotting the bodies, they stopped to help.

Sullaway, he said, was already on his cell phone calling 911.

Other witnesses said Sullaway appeared to be in shock.

If he is found guilty -- though he is eligible for probation -- Sullaway could get up to 10 years in prison.

Testimony will continue on Thursday in Judge Angus Mc Ginty’s 144 District Court.

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