Las Vegas hit-and-run death of cyclist Andreas Probst was intentional, video shows: Retired police chief, 64, was murdered by laughing 17-year-old while on his morning bike ride
A video has surfaced showing the recent accidental death of a retired Las Vegas police chief in what police are calling an intentional attack by the teenage driver.
Andreas Probst, 64, was fatally struck on August 14 while biking in northwest Las Vegas, where he had retired after stepping down as police chief of Bell, California, in 2009.
The 17-year-old driver, whose name has not been released by police due to his age, was arrested shortly after the crash and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
Late last month, police said charges against the driver would be upgraded to an open murder charge after investigators discovered video showing the driver deliberately assaulted Probst, police said. Las Vegas Review-Journal.
On Saturday, the video circulated widely on social media and provoked outraged reactions, with the driver asking: “Ready?” and the passenger, who was filming, laughs as he replies: ‘Yes, press his butt**.’
Andreas Probst, 64, was fatally struck on August 14 while cycling in northwest Las Vegas. Newly surfaced video shows he was deliberately killed by the teenage driver
A visual analysis of the video by DailyMail.com confirms that it shows the same location where Probst was killed, on a stretch of North Tenaya Way, near West Centennial Parkway.
No charges have been filed against the passenger who filmed the fatal crash and apparently encouraged the driver to go through with it.
A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.
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Fox News commentator Greg Gutfeld compared the footage to an ISIS beheading video, writing: “a public execution. filmed. we need new leadership that sees that the new threat of terror is within, and puts an end to this reign of evil.”
The fatal collision occurred around 6 a.m. while Probst was on his morning commute.
Police say a 2016 Hyundai Elantra struck him from behind and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Probst was rushed to University Medical Center, where he was confirmed dead.
The suspected driver of the Elantra was arrested later that same day and police say he was linked to the theft of several other vehicles that morning.
The 17-year-old accused killer has not been named by police due to his status as a minor.
The 17-year-old driver (left) was arrested shortly after the accident and is charged with murder. Nothing was said about the cost to the passenger (right)
Probst retired to Nevada after stepping down as police chief of Bell, California, in 2009
Probst can be seen in a family photo. He took up cycling for exercise after taking a remote job in security consulting after retiring from law enforcement
Probst had a 35-year career in law enforcement in California, including as police chief of Bell, an unincorporated city in Los Angeles County.
He retired in 2009 and moved to Las Vegas, where he worked a remote job for a security consulting firm, and took up cycling to stay in shape.
His daughter, Taylor Probst, told the newspaper Review Journal that she received an alert from her father’s Apple Watch indicating it had been dropped on the morning of August 14.
She rushed with her mother, Crystal, to the scene of the accident, which was just three miles from their home.
By the time they arrived, Probst had already been taken to a hospital, but the signs he left behind were grim.
“I also came from law enforcement when I was younger,” Crystal told the newspaper. “I was able to determine that his bike is over there, his helmet is over there, his phone is over there. I’m like, this isn’t good.’
“He really was like a ray of sunshine that flowed through your life,” said Probst’s daughter Taylor, seen with her mother Crystal at a memorial vigil at the crash site.
On September 7, community members gathered at the site of the fatal accident to honor Probst with Ghost Bike, a permanently installed bicycle painted white to mark the point of impact.
Mourners join Probst’s family at the site where he was killed in Northwest Vegas
Officers from multiple local jurisdictions were also present to pay respects
On September 7, community members gathered at the site of the fatal crash to honor Probst with Ghost Bike, a permanently installed bicycle painted white to mark the point of impact.
Officers from multiple local jurisdictions were also present to pay respects.
“He was a wonderful man, a husband,” Andreas’ wife Crystal said at the memorial KLAS-TV. ‘A father, a brother.’
“He was honestly like a ray of sunshine flowing through your life,” daughter Taylor said.
Last year, 14 cyclists were killed on the roads of Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, along with 72 pedestrians who were fatally struck, according to state data.
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 966 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes nationwide in 2021, the highest number in 40 years.