Police said the victim — identified as 64-year-old Andreas Probst — died at the hospital after what investigators believe was an “intentional” act on the morning of August 14, shown in footage posted to social media.
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WATCH: Las Vegas teens steal a car hit and run another car and hit a man on a bike for fun.
A 2016 Hyundai Elantra, which the Metropolitan Police Department said was being driven by a minor, was speeding when it hit the back of the bike and drove off. The driver left the scene… pic.twitter.com/IFHUU2xcq8
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Laughter can be heard as the driver and at least one passenger, who was recording on a mobile phone, spotted a man wearing a red shirt riding along a bicycle lane ahead.
“Ready?” said one person. “Yea, yea yea. Hit his a–,” said the other.
Amid some honking of a car horn, the driver accelerated the 2016 Hyundai Elantra into the biker from behind, after which broken glass and the bike went flying. As the car passed by, the man in the red shirt can be seen tumbling on the road behind.
“That n—- knocked out,” one of the people in the car exclaimed. Someone then appeared to say, “S—, we need to get out of here.”
In a press release, Las Vegas police said the vehicle did not stay at the scene of the incident, but officers located the driver, arrested him, and booked him into Clark County Juvenile Hall on charges related to the “hit and run.”
Roughly two weeks following the deadly incident, police added, “Detectives learned of a social media video depicting the incident, and after viewing the video, determined this was an intentional act. Homicide detectives took over the investigation and will be amending the juvenile’s charges to include open murder.”
The minor has not been publicly identified, nor was it clear whether the passenger has been arrested or charged. The video also showed at least one other vehicle getting hit by the stolen Hyundai, and police said the driver was fleeing from that hit-and-run crash when he slammed into Probst.
Probst retired in 2009 from a 35-year career in law enforcement that included a stint as chief of police in Bell, California, and shifted to a remote global security job, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Probst was reportedly biking for exercise when he got hit roughly 3 miles from his family’s home in Las Vegas.
Taylor Probst described her father as a “ray of sunshine,” local news station KLAS-TV reported. “He was an amazing man, a husband,” his widow Crystal Probst added. “A father, a brother.”