On August 14, a retired police chief tragically lost his life in Las Vegas after being run over by a car. The 64-year-old man succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.
Nevada police suspect that the hit-and-run was intentional based on video footage of the incident captured by teenagers and uploaded to social media. This appalling video is viewed as evidence of the crime.
The alarming video displays two adolescents in a stolen car, according to police reports. The passenger of the vehicle captured footage that reveals the driver deliberately colliding with a white sedan, causing it to veer into the median.
One of the teens screams, “B***h a** n****! Stop talking s**t, b***h!”
Then a bicyclist in the bicycle lane is spotted by the teens, and one says, “Ready?” The other eagerly replies, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Hit his a**.”
The driver of a stolen 2016 Hyundai Elantra navigated into the bicycle lane and collided with a bicyclist near Tenaya Way and Centennial Parkway.
The cyclist, identified as Probst, was thrown off his bike onto the hood of the car before being propelled into the windshield, causing it to shatter. The passenger observed Probst tumbling on the pavement before ceasing all motion.
After the driver slams into Probst, one teen says that the man was “knocked out.” The other replied, “S**t, we gotta get out of here.”
The driver then accelerates, and the video ends.
Taylor Probst, daughter of the bicyclist, was notified by her father’s Apple Watch that he had fallen. In response to this news, Taylor and her mother Crystal rushed to the crash site.
Crystal informed the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “In my earlier days, I had a background in law enforcement. Upon further examination of the scene, I noticed that his bicycle was present, but his helmet and phone were located far away from it. It was an alarming discovery.”
Police officers and firefighters conveyed to Probst’s wife and daughter that he had been taken to the University Medical Center. Four hours later, family members received confirmation from a representative at the Clark County Coroner’s Office that Probst had passed away.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department recently found a disturbing video on social media, leading them to believe that the fatal hit-and-run was intentional. T
he 17-year-old driver left the crime scene but was reportedly arrested shortly thereafter and taken to a juvenile detention center. Due to his age, the minor’s identity has not been released. He will now be charged with murder.
On Thursday, a ceremony was held to celebrate the life of Andreas Probst.
Taylor Probst said of her father, “He was honestly like a ray of sunshine. That just bled through your life.”
“He was always laughing, always smiling, offering you support, life advice, career advice,” Taylor recalled.
She continued, “Everybody who ever knew him, loved him.”
Crystal Probst added, “He was an amazing man, a husband, a father, a brother.”
At the ceremony, a memorial bicycle was erected at the crash site as a tribute to Probst in honour of his life and service. Pat Treichel, founder of Ghost Bikes Las Vegas, noted that “no one had ever heard of anybody being intentionally hit”.
Members of law enforcement paid their respects to the retired police chief from California in memory of his dedication and sacrifice.