Police Shoot Driver Who Struck Cyclists at Arizona Bike Race – The New York Times
The driver of a pickup truck hit a group of cyclists at a bicycle race in Show Low, Ariz., on Saturday, seriously injuring six people before the driver fled and was shot by the police, the authorities said.
The driver of the truck, a black Ford Super Duty, struck the bicyclists during the Bike the Bluff race at about 7:25 a.m. local time, the police said.
Officers tried to stop the driver, which “ultimately led to the suspect being shot,” about a mile and a half away, Navajo County Emergency Management and Preparedness said in a statement.
The driver, a 35-year-old man, was in critical but stable condition, the agency said.
It was not immediately clear what happened in the moments leading up to when the driver crashed into the cyclists.
The Show Low police said that the Arizona Department of Public Safety was en route to investigate the shooting.
Six people were brought to a hospital. Four were in critical condition and two were in critical but stable condition, the police said. Two or three other victims walked into the hospital, the police said.
“Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” the county emergency management agency said.
Mike Godwin, who owns the Cycle Mania bike shop in Show Low with his wife, Carol, said he had been supporting the bikers at the start of the race when the driver struck a group of riders in the men’s master class group, who are 55 and older.
The driver hit the riders in the first mile and a half of the racecourse, which follows a highway, he said.
Cars are allowed on the road with bikers during the race, he said. He said that he did not know who had been hit, but that the crash had shaken the local cycling community.
“Everybody is pretty solemn and upset, understandably,” said Mr. Godwin, a sponsor of the race. “No one knows exactly what occurred.”
The crash and shooting happened at the 13th annual Bike the Bluff race, which follows a 58-mile course through eastern Arizona. A race official referred questions to Show Low city officials.
Show Low is a city of about 11,000 people, roughly 180 miles northeast of Phoenix.