Arizona police shoot driver who crashed into charity bike ride

Arizona police shoot driver who crashed into charity bike ride
The cyclists were doing a 58-mile bike ride to raise money for a local school. Source: SHOW LOW POLICE DEPARTMENT
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Daily US Times: A man in a pick-up truck drove into cyclists taking part in a charity bike ride in the US state of Arizona, leaving six of them in a critical condition.

The incident happened at about 07:25 local time in Show Low, a city about 180 miles north-east of Phoenix.

Police said the suspect is a 35-year-old white male, fled the scene and was pursued by officers.

Police then shot the suspect behind a hardware store over a mile away, leaving him in a critical but stable condition.

Kristine M Sleighter, a Show Low Police Department spokesperson, told reporters: “Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.”

The department added that the Arizona Department of Public Safety was investigating the shooting of the suspect and the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office was assisting them about the incident.

After the crash, six cyclists were rushed to hospital and four of whom are in a critical condition, while the other two are critical but stable. Another two or three victims took themselves to hospital and are in a stable condition, according to police.

Mike Godwin, local cycling shop owner and sponsor of the race, told the New York Times that the group of cyclists who were hit by the vehicle were in the men’s master class group, aged 55 and above.

The race, Bike the Bluff, is a 93 km (58-mile) cycle ride through eastern Arizona to raise money for Mountain Christian School, a religious primary school in Show Low.

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