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Disturbing footage allegedly shows teenager kill cyclist in shocking hit-and-run

An 18-year-old has been charged with murder in relation to the incident which saw retired police chief 64 year-old Andreas Probst killed in Las Vegas last month

Following the death of a retired police chief who was killed in a hit-and-run while cycling in Las Vegas last month, police in the Nevada city arrested an 18-year-old driver and are now investigating a shocking video which emerged on social media allegedly showing the incident.

In the footage, filmed by the passenger and widely shared on social media this weekend, a driver is seen travelling towards a cyclist, the two occupants of the vehicle laughing before one can be heard saying "yeah, hit his ass" seconds before the collision.

Afterwards, someone is heard saying "he got knocked out" before another voice adds "get out of here".

Las Vegas hit-and-run (Twitter)

Police are now asking for information about the passenger who filmed the incident, believed to be the hit-and-run which killed Mr Probst at around 6am on 14 August. The Daily Mail has stated a video analysis "confirms it [the video] shows the same location where Mr Probst was killed, on a stretch of North Tenaya Way, near West Centennial Parkway." 

Police in Las Vegas arrested an 18-year-old, who was charged with murder soon after the crash and taken to a juvenile detention centre. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is "actively working to identify the passenger in the car". The driver arrested, also associated with the theft of several other vehicles on the morning of the hit-and-run, is not being named due to his age.

Mr Probst was taken to University Medical Center but was confirmed dead. His daughter, Taylor, explained to the Review-Journal that the family had seen an alert from her father's Apple Watch telling them he had fallen off his bike, prompting her and her mother, Crystal, to rush to the crash scene.

Las Vegas hit-and-run (Twitter)

On arrival they discovered that Mr Probst had been taken to hospital, but Crystal, who came "from law enforcement in my younger days" was "able to ascertain, there's his bike, his helmet is way over there, his phone is way over there. I'm like, this is not good".

A memorial service on September 7 saw a ghost bike left to mark the collision spot, police officers, cyclists and family among the crowd which gathered to hear his wife describe her husband as "an amazing man" who was "honestly like a ray of sunshine that just bled through your life".

Mr Probst's 35-year career in the police saw him work mainly in California before he moved to Las Vegas in 2009 to take a remote job for a security consulting firm.

Viewer discretion is advised due to the violent nature of the footage...

The renewed police appeal following the footage coming to light came just days after a suspected was arrested in Huntington Beach, California, after three cyclists were struck during a series of allegedly intentional hit-and-run incidents.

The third victim, 70-year-old Steven Gonzales died as a result of his injuries, while the first two cyclists suffered minor injuries.

At around 10.30pm last Sunday, a cyclist was sideswiped by the driver of a black Toyota, roughly 15 minutes before a second incident saw a similar incident unfold. Finally, 15 minutes after the second hit-and-run, Mr Gonzales was fatally struck.

On Tuesday, officers arrested a teenager, whose age and name has not been given. Mario Obejas of the Beach Cities Cycling Club said the attacks were "devastating but not surprising".

"There are drivers who carry a lot of anger when they're out, and they're looking to take it out on someone," he told the Los Angeles Times. "Unfortunately, we're often the target [...] we're just a group of people in their 50s and 60s going out for a ride. It's scary sometimes."

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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Fignon's ghost | 9 months ago
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This is the nightmare scenario. The culprits are young. There is probably a GTA influence. The cyclist is not wearing a helmet. I don't think. I can't watch it again.

I hope the driver gets the chair.

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Cugel replied to Fignon's ghost | 9 months ago
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Fignon's ghost wrote:

This is the nightmare scenario. The culprits are young. There is probably a GTA influence. The cyclist is not wearing a helmet. I don't think. I can't watch it again. I hope the driver gets the chair.

What's this? A ghost is discomfitted by a commonly-occuring scene of nasty human violence of one upon another so feels the need to indulge in his own fantasies of a cruel electrocution he might like to observe in a fit of revengeful lust? Well, I suppose it's a good illustration of how all kinds of human can become violence-mad just-like-that.

And that helmet comment .... is that some sort of black humour or just the stupid remark it seems?

Perhaps you should rename yourself Fignon's ghoul?  2

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Fignon's ghost replied to Cugel | 9 months ago
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I'm sorry, you're triggered. I get it.

Yup. I'm for all for Exodus: 21:23–27. I'd be happy for the person to be put into the cycling chair and be dispatched the same way.

Problem solved.

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quiff replied to Cugel | 9 months ago
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Cugel wrote:

What's this? A ghost is discomfitted by a commonly-occuring scene of nasty human violence of one upon another so feels the need to indulge in his own fantasies of a cruel electrocution he might like to observe in a fit of revengeful lust?

"Doomed for a certain term to walk the night,
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purged away."

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hawkinspeter replied to Fignon's ghost | 9 months ago
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Fignon's ghost wrote:

This is the nightmare scenario. The culprits are young. There is probably a GTA influence. The cyclist is not wearing a helmet. I don't think. I can't watch it again. I hope the driver gets the chair.

Don't go blaming computer games for aggression - that lie gets repeated too often by groups that ignore all the accepted violence shown on TV and in films and of course there's the whole gun culture in the U.S. There's also a lot of anti-cyclist/pro-motor-vehicle rhetoric throughout the U.S. - that's going to have far more of an influence than playing computer games.

Do you really think that the cyclist wearing a helmet would make any difference?

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Fignon's ghost replied to hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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You cannot deny the potential for copycat behaviours.

It could be a combination of many factors. Hopefully, the perps will confess the reasoning.

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chrisonabike replied to Fignon's ghost | 9 months ago
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Fignon's ghost wrote:

You cannot deny the potential for copycat behaviours. It could be a combination of many factors. Hopefully, the perps will confess the reasoning.

If you mean "other people copying them" then possibly.

For video nasties, potential is different from evidence though, although I don't doubt the appeal of "well it makes sense to me".  See e.g. this 2020 article on a review of the evidence.  Apparently the American Psychological Association has said:

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Scant evidence has emerged that makes any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities.

And although they acknowledge that violent video games strongly correlate with aggressive behavior, as well as anti-social behavior, they point out that the evidence has not been found that this then translates into e.g. actually going and hitting someone.

As you say - generally several factors at play.  Out of lots, "Having a crap childhood featuring neglect, violence against you or witnessing that happening to others" is often found to be a biggie.

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HoarseMann replied to Fignon's ghost | 9 months ago
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It's in the article:

"able to ascertain, there's his bike, his helmet is way over there, his phone is way over there. I'm like, this is not good".

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Fignon's ghost replied to HoarseMann | 9 months ago
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I had hoped it was a sick AI piece of clickbait. But it seems to be appearing in the MSM with aplomb.

Condolences to the family.

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ErnieC | 9 months ago
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Allegedly? 

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Paul J replied to ErnieC | 9 months ago
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This is one of those cases where there is 0 doubt of the crime and the culpability of the car occupants.

 

The only doubt would be whether these were the kids in the car. Given that (reading between the lines) the police have recovered this video from the phone, along with further video from the same evening showing another attempted murder, combined with the statement made by the kid to the police after arrest, there doesn't seem much room for doubt there.

These kids are going to have to be locked up for quite a while. There is something wrong with them. The face tattoo on one suggests he was already on a path leading to prison one way or another (and perhaps already has been).

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AidanR | 9 months ago
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Christ, I'm not sure I should have watched that. It seems that we're all just one psychopathic arsehole away from death.

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Jetmans Dad replied to AidanR | 9 months ago
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AidanR wrote:

Christ, I'm not sure I should have watched that. It seems that we're all just one psychopathic arsehole away from death.

Where I live, that is true regardless of my transport choices ...

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ErnieC replied to Jetmans Dad | 9 months ago
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Jetmans Dad wrote:
AidanR wrote:

Christ, I'm not sure I should have watched that. It seems that we're all just one psychopathic arsehole away from death.

Where I live, that is true regardless of my transport choices ...

Also true of where I grew up and the reason I left. 

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chrisonabike | 9 months ago
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There is nothing good here.

However the fact that he's an ex-cop will mean that the perpertrators will be pursued and are less likely to be treated like drivers in e.g. in New York, where the police seem to see their duty as excusing the driver so effectively they aren't even worried about the need to collect evidence to help their defence.

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ooblyboo | 9 months ago
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I can't believe what I have just watched. Absolutely shocking.

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Philltrz | 9 months ago
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I'm sorry but what is the point of this article? Is it anything more than just using graphic footage to drive clicks? I really don't think you should be linking to videos of someone quite literally being killed.

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cyclisto replied to Philltrz | 9 months ago
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This is less of a road fail and more a society fail. These people are not failed drivers, they are failed people.

Nevertheless I believe it is important to see such videos, to make us understand how important segregated cycling infrastructure. These teens could probably have killed other people for fun using a million different ways, but a segregated infrastucture would have prevented this particular death.

 

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mattw replied to cyclisto | 9 months ago
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It's a USA society fail, which is far worse than anywhere else in the developed world.

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hawkinspeter replied to mattw | 9 months ago
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mattw wrote:

It's a USA society fail, which is far worse than anywhere else in the developed world.

They don't even have decent healthcare - I wouldn't include them as part of the developed world.

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ChrisB200SX replied to hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

They don't even have decent healthcare - I wouldn't include them as part of the developed world.

I mean, they do... it's just not free at the point of use.

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Philltrz | 9 months ago
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It's definitely pushing the limits...

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brooksby | 9 months ago
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O.  M.  G. 

What does it say about our culture that we have normalised road violence to such a degree that children driving cars think that running into the back of a vulnerable road user is hilarious and worthy of Tik-Tok 'fame'...? no  surprise

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leipreachan replied to brooksby | 9 months ago
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If only we could blame teenagers.

Who's policing the roads, streets, and educating them?

Aren't we, ourselfs, the ones to blame?

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ErnieC replied to leipreachan | 9 months ago
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leipreachan wrote:

If only we could blame teenagers.

Who's policing the roads, streets, and educating them?

Aren't we, ourselfs, the ones to blame?

what a load of rubbish. Of course we can blame the teenagers. Do not recall wanting to do that as a teenager, not me or my peers, so no, we are NOT to blame. Seems that the common thread of late is to find someone else to blame for your actions. 

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