Driver 'veered into' cyclist on I-20 service road, DPS says
By Mitch Mitchell and Bill Millermitchmitchell@star-telegram.com
Editor's note: The original version of this report incorrectly referred to the "northbound" service road. Mr. McQuien was riding west.
WILLOW PARK -- Larry McQuien, vice president for business ventures with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, died Saturday after being hit by a vehicle while on a bicycle ride.
McQuien, 55, of Aledo was pronounced dead about 11:30 a.m. on the Interstate 20 service road between Ranch House Road and Farm Road 5, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's Web site.A Chevy Cobalt driven by Casey Brieghann Tyson, 20, of Early "veered into" McQuien as both traveled west on the service road at mile marker 417 at 10:59 a.m., according to a Texas Department of Public Safety statement.
Trooper Darin Woodson, who investigated the accident, said Monday that it was unclear why the car veered into McQuien. The investigation was continuing, and troopers planned to speak to Tyson again, he said.
"When we were talking to her, she was pretty shaken up," Woodson said. No charges had been filed as of Monday morning.
Woodson said there were no apparent distractions in the area. Traffic was light, he said, and although the Cobalt was approaching a hill, the terrain should not have obstructed Tyson's vision.
McQuien was wearing a helmet, and the weather conditions were dry and partly cloudy, the statement says.
In July 2008, a Weatherford man was hit and killed along the same I-20 access road near Willow Park.
Thomas Hollrith Jr., 46, was riding along the north service road between Ranch House and Mikus roads when he was hit by a 2007 Chevrolet pickup, said trooper Simon De La Cruz with the Department of Public Safety office in Weatherford.
Both Hollrith and the truck were westbound on the service road shortly before sunset. The DPS said the driver did not see Hollrith because the sun was in his eyes.McQuien was educated as an engineer and a lawyer. He combined his knowledge in both fields as a vice president of business ventures for Lockheed.
He "was very knowledgeable about the business," said John Smith, a Lockheed senior communications manager. "His people operated so well that you came away with the sense that he was not only a good leader but a good mentor."
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Texas Tech University.
A native of the Panhandle community of Plainview, McQuien was the son of Helen Faye and the late John W. McQuien. His sister, Nelda, is married to Pete Laney, former speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
McQuien and his wife, Carol, were married in 1986.
His family said he was an Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. He shared his passion for scouting with his two sons, John, 19, and Scott, 17, also Eagle Scouts.
McQuien also was an organ donor, the family said.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home, University Drive at White Settlement Road, Fort Worth..
Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 800 West 5th St., Fort Worth. Interment will be at the First United Methodist Church Columbarium at a later date, the family said.