Suspect Arrested in Deadly Waller Co. Hit-and-Run


A person of interest is in custody after two bicyclists were killed and other was injured near Brookshire.  The incident occurred near the intersection of Buller Road and Muske Road around noon Saturday.

State Police say 48-year old Keri Blanchard Guillory and 37-year old Craig Randall Tippit died at an area hospital.  The third victim suffered a leg injury.

The cyclists were participating in the 4th Annual Spring Fest at Willow River Farms.

Braeden Sawyer, who rode with the group told our TV partner Channel-2, "My heart just goes out to the families. It was supposed to be a great day and a great ride."

Investigators say 25-year old Victor Kevin Tome ran into the group of cyclists, ran from the scene, and broke into a stranger’s home a mile from the crash site. 

Mark Newkirk found the man in his living room. "He was just standing in (the room), and… I said what can I do for you? He said, 'I'd like to hang out a little bit.' I said, 'No. I think you need time turn yourself in.'"

Newkirk drove Tome to police, and he surrendered peacefully.

"He said he had split personalities and demons talking to him and stuff like this," Newkirk said. "He went on (saying), 'Everybody thinks I'm a Russian spy.'"

The Center Houston – a nonprofit that assists adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities - sponsored the Spring Fest Ride.  They posted a statement on their Facebook page:

”We are saddened by the tragic deaths today of two bikers participating in our SpringFest bicycle ride.

The Board of Governors and staff express profound sympathy for the victims’ families. Other riders were injured, and we are praying for their full recovery.

The Center’s leadership thanks the Texas State Troopers, Waller County, other area law enforcement agencies and the emergency services personnel for their immediate response. Law enforcement is investigating the incident.”


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