A cyclist has died aft helium was struck by an Arizona operator who plowed his pickup motortruck into a radical of radical participating successful a motorcycle race, authorities said.
A 58-year-old antheral died of his injuries Saturday, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson Bart Graves said Monday. No different accusation astir the unfortunate was instantly released.
The accused driver, Shawn Michael Chock, 36, was indicted past week connected 9 counts of aggravated battle with a deadly limb and 1 number each of fleeing an mishap and unlawful flight.
Seven bicyclists were injured June 19 erstwhile Chock sped into a assemblage gathered for the yearly 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Buff contention successful Show Low, a upland metropolis astir 3 hours northeast of Phoenix authorities said. Witnesses described seeing the bodies of cyclists flying near and right.
The operator past deed a telephone pole, and backed retired of the assemblage arsenic cyclists pounded connected the truck’s windows, screaming for him to get out, witnesses said. He past drove down the road, turned astir and headed backmost toward the cyclists earlier driving away, witnesses said.
Police caught up with Chock extracurricular a adjacent hardware store and changeable him. Chock was hospitalized successful Flagstaff until his merchandise July 2. He remains jailed successful Navajo County.
Hunter T. Lewis, an lawyer representing Chock, did not instantly respond Monday to messages by The Associated Press seeking comment.
Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon said helium is expecting much charges to beryllium filed successful the aftermath of the man's death.
“Once we person received each the instrumentality enforcement reports we volition person to find if immoderate caller charges are due to bring,” Carlyon said.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is overseeing the investigation.
Fonseca contributed from Flagstaff, Arizona.