Texas Highway Patrol Trooper James Colunga of Waxahachie will leave Waxahachie on his bicycle Thursday morning at 9 a.m. on his way to Waco and then on to Austin on Friday as a kickoff to the second annual DPS Memorial Bicycle Ride.
Colunga should reach Waco between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. He’ll leave Waco at 7 a.m. Friday morning and should arrive in Austin around 3 p.m. He’ll be traveling on IH-35 access roads between Waxahachie and Austin during his trip.
Once in Austin, Colunga will ride 30 miles on Saturday with approximately 30 other bicycle riders to raise money for a new memorial on DPS grounds honoring the DPS officers who have been killed in the line of duty, as well as a disability fund to assist DPS officers and their families in times of need.
The Saturday morning ride will start at 8 a.m. at the Training Academy at DPS headquarters and end about three hours later. After the ride ended, a ceremony will be held to honor the 84 DPS officers who have died in the line of duty, including Corporal David Slaton, who died in a traffic crash in Montague Monday night.
A wreath will be placed in front of the DPS Training Academy to honor those officers who have died.
Colunga and the other riders will be available Saturday at DPS Headquarters for interviews at 7:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
For more information on the ride and the memorial program, please www.dpsride.org.