SAN ANTONIO-- On October 1, 2009 Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler were out for a bike ride along Highway 16 in Helotes. The couple was on a tandem bicycle when a pick-up truck hit them from behind. Alexandra died at the scene; Gregory died a short time later.
Gilbert Sullaway, 43, was behind the wheel of the truck. He told investigators he was looking out the passenger side window when he noticed he was driving on the shoulder of the highway. He over-corrected and drifted on to the shoulder of the highway, hitting the couple.
Wednesday afternoon one of the first witnesses to come upon the crash scene testified Sullaway appeared to be in shock. Sherry Hearn said she had lost a son several years earlier and felt compelled to kneel down and pray with the dying couple. She said Sullaway was next to her.
"All I could think of was that is somebody's mother and somebody's father lying there," testified Hearn.
Hearn also testified Sullaway kept saying, "They wouldn't get off my car." She said she neglected to write that in her witness report.
If convicted, Sullaway could face time in a state jail. Criminally negligent homicide is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years at a state jail.
The Bruehler's left behind one daughter.