Driver rams racing cyclists in Arizona, 6 critically injured – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-20 14:18:05 –

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A pickup truck that ran a group of cyclists in Show Low, Arizona on Saturday, June 19, 2021 is provided by White Mountain Independent. According to police, pickup truck drivers boarded bicycles competing in the community. Road racing in Arizona seriously injured several riders. Police chased the driver on Saturday and shot him outside a nearby hardware store, officials said. Police say six cyclists were taken to the hospital in crisis after the crash. (Independent White Mountain via Jim Headley / AP)

Show Low, Arizona (AP) —Authorities attempt to identify why a 35-year-old man driving a pickup truck during a community road race in Arizona rode a bicycle and seriously injured six riders. I was there.

The unnamed suspect escaped from the crash site on Saturday and was hospitalized in a critical but stable condition after being shot by police outside a hardware store near the mountain town of Show Low. Phoenix.

“We don’t know the motivation,” city spokeswoman Grace Payne told The Associated Press.

As of Saturday, four of the injured riders were hospitalized in dangerous condition and the other two were hospitalized in dangerous but stable condition. One was taken to a hospital near Phoenix.

Authorities did not provide an update immediately on Sunday.

“This was a horrifying event,” police spokeswoman Christine Slater said in a statement. “Our community is shocked by this incident and our hearts and prayers are at this point with the injured and their families.”

According to witnesses, after the collision, helmets, shoes, crumpled and broken bicycles were scattered across the street, tires were pushed into the truck’s grill, damage to the top and sides of the truck, and bullet holes in the windows. Opened.

Police said a Ford pickup truck rode a bike in downtown Show Low on Saturday at around 7:25 am during a 58-mile (93-kilometer) bike bluff race attended by 270 people.

Tony Quiñones of Santa Fe, New Mexico, told The New York Times that he had been riding with other cyclists 55 and older for about six minutes when the black pickup, which was driving in the opposite direction, crossed three lanes. cyclist.

Kinones said he thought the driver had turned into a parking lot. Instead, the driver plowed directly into the cyclist in front of the 55-year-old Quinones.

“He drove the truck directly and intentionally to our group, and you could hear him accelerate,” Kinones said, and he biked and flew. He added that he saw him out.

After the driver hit the utility pole, the cyclist rushed to the truck, started hitting the window, and shouted to the driver to get off, Kinones told the Times.

However, he said the driver stepped on the accelerator, retreated, drove the road, made a U-turn, and then returned to the cyclist.

Payne said the driver did not obey when police officers tried to arrest him, but the shooting situation was not immediately released.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety helped with the investigation.

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