Authorities say pickup truck driver crashed into cyclists participating in community road race in Arizona, seriously injuring several runners
SHOW LOW, Arizona – A driver of a pickup truck slammed into cyclists during a community road race in Arizona on Saturday, seriously injuring several runners before police chased the driver and shot him outside a nearby hardware store, the authorities announced.
Six people were taken to hospital in critical condition after the crash in the mountainous town of Show Low, about a three-hour drive northeast of Phoenix, police said. Wrinkled and broken helmets, shoes and bikes were strewn across the street after the crash, and a tire was stuck in the truck’s grille, which sustained top and side damage and a bullet hole in a window.
Two other people made their way to the hospital themselves, city spokeswoman Grace Payne said, and one of the seriously injured was later flown by medical helicopter to a Phoenix-area hospital. .
The suspect, a 35-year-old man, was also hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
“We don’t know the motivation,” Payne told The Associated Press. “We know he fled the scene.”
Police said a Ford pickup truck struck cyclists around 7:25 a.m. in downtown Show Low during the annual 93-kilometer bike race, then fled. Police chased the driver and tried to stop him before he was shot, authorities said.
Payne said the driver did not comply when police tried to stop him, but the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately disclosed. The identity of the suspect and the victims either.
Officials said the race had 270 participants.
“Our community is shocked by this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” Police spokeswoman Kristine Sleighter said in a statement.
The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were helping to investigate. US 60, the city’s main street nestled in the White Mountains, has been closed in the area.