Man dies after driver strikes cyclists in Arizona race

Terry Tang and Felicia Fonseca
Associated Press

Phoenix – A cyclist has died after he was struck by an Arizona driver who plowed his pickup truck into a group of people participating in a bike race, authorities said.

A 58-year-old man died of his injuries Saturday, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said Monday. No other information about the victim was immediately released.

In this June 19, 2021, file photo, released by the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District, emergency personnel gather at the scene of a mass casualty incident near Downtown 9 in Show Low, Ariz.

The accused driver, Shawn Michael Chock, 36, was indicted last week on nine counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of fleeing an accident and unlawful flight.

In this undated photo provided by the Navajo County Sheriff's Office is Shawn Michael Chock, who is accused of plowing his truck into cyclists gathered for a weekend race on June 19, 2021, in Show Low, Arizona.

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Seven bicyclists were injured June 19 when Chock sped into a crowd gathered for the annual 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Buff race in Show Low, a mountain city about three hours northeast of Phoenix, authorities said. Witnesses described seeing the bodies of cyclists flying left and right.

The driver then hit a telephone pole, and backed out of the crowd as cyclists pounded on the truck’s windows, screaming for him to get out, witnesses said. He then drove down the road, turned around and headed back toward the cyclists before driving away, witnesses said.

Police caught up with Chock outside a nearby hardware store and shot him. Chock was hospitalized in Flagstaff until his release July 2. He remains jailed in Navajo County.

Hunter T. Lewis, an attorney representing Chock, did not immediately respond Monday to messages by The Associated Press seeking comment.

Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon said he is expecting more charges to be filed in the wake of the man’s death.

“Once we have received all the law enforcement reports, we will review to determine if any new charges are appropriate to bring,” Carlyon said.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is overseeing the investigation.


Fonseca contributed from Flagstaff, Arizona.