Chilling video shows a teenage driver intentionally ramming his vehicle into a bicyclist on a Las Vegas road, sending the man on the bicycle flying while the youth behind the steering wheel laughs, TMZ reports.
The bicyclist, 64-year-old Andreas Probst, died from his injuries in the crash, which occurred August 14 while he was out for his daily 6 a.m. bike ride.
The footage shows the Hyundai speed through an intersection before the 17-year-old driver says “ready.” A minor sitting in the passenger seat, who was recording, responds, “Yeah, hit his ass,” according to the footage.
The vehicle quickly pulls up behind the bicyclist and the driver appears to honk a horn before slamming directly into Probst, who was on the right edge of the road and not interfering in vehicle traffic.
Laughs can be heard in the video shortly before the teens strike Probst.
A loud thud can be heard on impact, which appeared to launch the bicyclist into the air and onto the pavement. The passenger recording the incident then pans back and Probst can be seen rolling repeatedly on the black asphalt road, his bicycle hurled behind him.
“Damn that n***** got knocked out!” one person in the vehicle can be heard saying before the teens drove off and fled the scene.
Probst was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York Post.
Police arrested the driver on the same day on suspicion of hit and run, but that charge was upgraded to murder after the video was posted to social media, according to KLAS-TV.
Investigators determined that the vehicle had been stolen and was fleeing an earlier hit-and-run, and that the driver had previously been involved in other vehicle thefts that morning, KLAS-TV reports.
It is not clear whether anyone else in the car has been or will be charged.
A former police chief of Bell, California, Probst had spent 35 years in law enforcement before retiring in 2009. He was presently working remotely for a global security firm, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Probst and his wife were set to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary this month. His daughter described her dad to the newspaper.
“Being around him, it was like being next to a ray of sunshine,” Taylor Probst told the Review-Journal. “He was always laughing, always smiling, offering you support, life advice, career advice.”
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[Feature Photo: Andreas Probst/X]