Police have identified a man accused of driving his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists participating in a weekend race in Show Low, Arizona northeast of Phoenix.
KXAN reports several riders were critically injured when 35-year-old Shawn Michael Chock crashed into bicyclists participating in the annual 58-mile Bike the Bluff in the mountain town of Show Low at around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19.
Chock fled the scene and was shot by police as they chased him.
Chock was hospitalized in stable condition, and police are unsure if the crash was accidental or if there was motive for the crash. Witnesses reported that Chocks vehicle seemed to speed toward the cyclists.
Prosecutors are working with police investigators on the case.
Records from Maricopa County suggest Chock has a history of arrests, both for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and assault. In 2007, Chock was indicted for aggravated assault and several months later he was charged with disorderly conduct with a weapon to which he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
In 2010, three DUI-related, including having a third DUI, were dropped as part of a plea agreement in which Chock pleaded guilty to felony aggravated and shoplifting.
In a June 2020 post on Facebook, Chock wrote that he was only weeks away from being 30 months sober.
Because bicycles aren’t motorized, motorists can forget that bicyclists have just as much right to be on the road as any other vehicle. Failure to recognize this fact often leaves bicyclists at an increased risk of accident and motorists trying to blame bicyclists for any crashes that occur.
Briefly, these are some of the rights cyclists have while traveling on roadways:
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