Driver in viral video wreck charged with aggravated assault

A 68-year-old driver who swerved into a passing motorcycle says he is not necessarily remorseful over Saturday's incident near Granbury that left two injured.

GRANBURY – It's the viral video that never gets easier to watch. On Facebook, nearly three million people have watched as a car side-swipes a motorcycle on Tin Top Highway near Granbury as it tries to pass in a no-passing zone.

The driver of that car then drops a bombshell on the video.

"What were you doing? You hit them!" says the man with the camera.

"I don't care!" says William Crum, 68, the driver of the white car.

"Man, I wish I could go back in time, but you can't," said Crum, who identified himself Monday as the driver in the video.

Crum was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Monday afternoon. His bond has been set at $150,000.

He told News 8 some sort of insect bit him near his groin as he was driving Saturday, which caused him to jerk the wheel and swerve into the left lane. He said he had absolutely no idea a motorcycle was on his side.

I can't do nothing about what happened. It wasn't automatic," Crum said. "I didn't try to hurt anybody. It was a reflex from the pain."

Eric Sanders was driving the motorcycle in the video. He remains incredulous at Crum's response.

"What was he thinking?" Sanders said.

His girlfriend, who was riding with him on the motorcycle, remains in the hospital with serious injuries. Sanders does not buy Crum's explanation.

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

The Hood County District Attorney's Office also apparently did not believe Crum's claims. He was charged for his role in the crash after we spoke to him Monday.

As for Sanders, police say he's now been cited for passing in a no-passing zone and driving with an invalid license.

We asked Crum if he would like the chance to apologize.

"To her," he said, referring to Sanders' girlfriend. "But to him, no. Because he was doing something illegal."

But authorities allege Crum was as well.

Tuesday morning Crum said he will grant jailhouse interviews to local television stations. Jail officials say they are monitoring him because he threatened not to eat earlier in the day.


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