Las Vegas police say cyclist, man in car who pushed her dead
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say two people are dead after a man hung out of a car window to strike a bicyclist and then fell himself.
Lt. Raymond Spencer said the deadly incident that occurred Sunday morning on Hollywood Boulevard near Sahara Avenue was beyond “senseless.”
Investigators set out to search for the driver of the minivan carrying the suspect passenger.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Clark County jail records show 22-year-old Rodrigo Cruz is being held on suspicion of murder and violation of parole. The records indicate Cruz was booked under the same incident number assigned to the bicyclist’s death.
Police did not immediately comment Monday. It also wasn’t immediately known if Cruz had an attorney.
According to investigators, several cars appeared to be racing including a minivan. A male passenger in that van then partially hung out of the window and tried to hit two people walking.
Police say no contact was made but the passenger then came up on a bicyclist and deliberately pushed her.
The victim, in her mid-50s, was knocked to the ground and died from the impact.
Spencer says the momentum of pushing her caused the passenger to fall out of the car. He skidded at least 150 feet before hitting his head on a streetlight post.
He died at the scene.
Police have not released the identity of either the victim or the passenger.