CRIME

Texas Driver Slams Into Motorcyclist, Then Says 'I Don't Care'

Motorist now facing charges of aggravated assault.

A driver was caught on video swerving into a motorcyclist, hitting the bike and knocking both the biker and his passenger onto the ground at high speeds in Texas on Saturday.

Motorcyclist Eric Sanders suffered a cut on his arm and road burn in the crash.

"I've got a gouge in my elbow that is bone-deep," Sanders told WFAA, the ABC station in Dallas. 

His passenger, Debra Simpson, had to be airlifted to a hospital, where she was initially placed in intensive care. She suffered a broken wrist with deep arm lacerations, according to CBS DFW, but was transferred to a regular room on Monday. She is now in stable condition.

When confronted about the incident, the motorist who hit them had just three words to say, all of which were caught on the video: "I don't care." 

"That's the worst thing, when I saw that dude saying, 'I don't care, I don't care.' He says it four to five times," Sanders told WFAA. "I've never seen this guy in my life. And he ran me over."

Driver William Crum, 68, was charged on Monday with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to The Associated Press. Each count has a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Footage recorded by another rider shows Sanders crossing the double-yellow line to pass Crum on a two-lane road in Granbury, about 70 miles from Dallas.

Crum then swerves, hitting Sanders: 

After saying "I don't care" several times, Crum claims that he was stung by a wasp. He later told CBS DFW that he was bitten by a spider. 

"It bit me right in the tendon, so right now I have a tendon that’s hurting if I stand. If I walk off I’ll limp," Crum said. 

Crum told WFAA he wished he could "go back in time," but also indicated that while he'd apologize to the passenger, he had no apologies for Sanders "because he was doing something illegal" in trying to pass him. 

WFAA reports that Sanders was also cited for passing in a no-passing zone and driving with an invalid license. However, Sanders wrote on Facebook that he tried to pass despite the double yellow line because Crum had slowed to about 40 mph on a road where the speed limit was either 60 or 65 mph. 

While he's been getting plenty of messages of support, Sanders has also heard from some who blame him for the incident. 

"I'm glad your woman lived," someone wrote to him in a post shared on Facebook. "It's too bad you did."  

Sanders has set up a GoFundMe page, saying he and his girlfriend will be out of work for several weeks as a result of the accident.

 

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