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Cyclist killed in bizarre northwest Harris County collision

Candid photo of the late Mark Braswell, taken by colleagues on the Cypress-Fairbanks Volunteer Fire Department
Candid photo of the late Mark Braswell, taken by colleagues on the Cypress-Fairbanks Volunteer Fire Department
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A Houston-area cyclist was killed Friday, May 16, when he collided with a landscaping trailer. The accident took place on North Bridgeland Lake Parkway near Shorelands Boulevard at approximately 3:30 p.m. The scene is in northwest Harris County near the intersection of Fry Road and US 290, the Northwest Freeway

The cyclist, since identified as W. Mark Braswell, 43, was on a training ride when he ran into the rear of a parked landscaping trailer. Braswell, who was seriously injured in the collision, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he expired. The driver of the truck pulling the trailer remained on the scene and was questioned by investigating officers. Video of the scene on local television suggests that the accident took place on an open stretch of road and not at an intersection. Drivers and cyclists alike in Houston have long been familiar with landscaping crews randomly stopped in traffic lanes.

EMTs from the Cypress-Fairbanks Volunteer Fire Department who responded to a 911 call were shocked to see that the victim was himself a volunteer with their department. Braswell's full-time job was as a captain in the Houston Fire Department, where the avid cyclist served at a station in the Montrose area. He is the seventh cyclist to die in a traffic accident on Harris County streets and highways during 2014, and the second cycling fatality in May.