Retired Police Chief Killed in Fatal Las Vegas Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident was ‘Intentionally Struck’ by Teenage Driver
Las Vegas, Nevada (September 17, 2023) – Authorities investigating a fatal hit-and-run bicycle accident that claimed the life of a retired police chief are treating the incident as a homicide after the video of the crash surfaced online.
#LasVegas: Murder charges filed against a 17-year-old boy after the teenage driver plowed into a cyclist.
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Andreas Probst, 64, died after being struck by a car as he rode his bike near Tenaya Way and Centennial Parkway in northwest Las Vegas at around 6 a.m. on August 14.
Andreas, a resident of Bell, California, sustained major injuries in the accident and was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has since arrested the 17-year-old driver of the Hyundai Elantra who fled the scene after hitting the cyclist in the bike lane. Investigators believe the teenager may have deliberately struck the retired officer after reviewing footage of the crash.
The viral footage shows the driver asking his pals, “Ready?” as the passenger films, laughing, shortly before the vehicle rammed into Probst, throwing him into the windshield. The vehicle then fled the scene at high speed.
The teenager was taken to a juvenile detention center on upgraded charges, including murder. Police say the suspect was also involved in the theft of a number of other vehicles that morning.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.