Prosecutors in Las Vegas are pushing to charge as an adult a 17-year-old driver who killed a retired police chief who was riding a bicycle on a road.
California Police Chief Andreas Probst, 64, died after the vehicle struck him and threw him from his bike on August 14.
Prosecutors with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office want the teen to allegedly be driving as an adult at the time he was charged.
“I am confident that justice will be served in this matter once the investigation is complete and appropriate charges are filed,” said District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
The driver was arrested shortly after the accident and taken to the juvenile detention center.
Police are looking to arrest the teenager who captured footage of the brutal attack
Probst, 64, was fatally shot while cycling in northwest Las Vegas on August 14. A newly surfaced video shows he was intentionally killed by the teen driver
Andreas Probst (pictured surrounded by his family) was fatally struck by a teenage driver in an intentional hit-and-run in Las Vegas on August 14th. More than a month later, police are still searching for the passenger who filmed the sickening attack and egged on the driver
The teenager is charged with open murder. His identity was not revealed due to his age. Prosecutors also want to file separate charges in the case.
On Sunday, the Metropolitan Police Department said it was still searching for the second person who was in the car at the time of the collision, a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, who was behind the camera and shot the sickening video.
This boy is also believed to be a teenager.
“LVMPD is actively working to identify the passenger in the car,” a Metro spokesperson said.
On Saturday, a video circulated on social media that sparked outraged reactions and showed the driver asking “Ready?” and the passenger filming laughed as he replied, “Yeah, beat his ass.”
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.
The fatal hit-and-run occurred around 6 a.m. while Probst was on his morning drive.
According to police, he was hit from behind by a 2016 Hyundai Elantra and fled the scene at high speed. Probst was taken to University Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
The alleged driver was arrested later that same day and police say he was linked to the theft of several other vehicles that morning.
Probst had a 35-year career in law enforcement in California, including serving as police chief of Bell, an unincorporated city in Los Angeles County.
He retired in 2009 and moved to Las Vegas, where he took a remote job for a security consulting company and began cycling to stay in shape.
His daughter Taylor Probst told the Review Journal She received an alert from her father’s Apple Watch that he had fallen on the morning of August 14th.
The 17-year-old driver (left) was arrested shortly after the accident and charged with murder. There was no information about the fees for the passenger (right).
Taylor Probst (left) and Crystal Probst (right), daughter and wife of Andreas Probst, sign a memorial for their father near the place where he died
Dozens of people gathered to remember the retired police chief who met his untimely death
Touching messages were left on a bicycle placed in honor of the failed retired officer
Probst retired to Nevada after resigning as police chief of Bell, California, in 2009
“He was honestly like a ray of sunshine just shining through your life,” said Probst’s daughter Taylor, who was seen with her mother Crystal at a vigil at the scene of the accident.
On Sept. 7, community members gathered at the scene of the fatal accident to honor Probst with the Ghost Bike, a fixed bicycle painted white to mark the collision point
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 transported to a hospital, but the evidence left behind was grim.
“I also came from a law enforcement background when I was younger,” Crystal told the newspaper. “I could tell his bike is over there, his helmet is over there, his phone is over there. ‘I think that’s not good.’
On Sept. 7, community members gathered at the scene of the fatal accident to honor Probst with the Ghost Bike, a fixed bicycle painted white to mark the collision point.
Police officers from several local jurisdictions were also present to pay their respects.
Mourners are seen joining Probst’s family at the scene where he was killed in northwest Las Vegas
Dozens of people gathered at a memorial for Probst earlier this month
Andreas Probst can be seen with his wife Crystal, son Michael and daughter Taylor
“He was a great man, a husband,” Andreas’ wife Crystal said at the memorial service KLAS TV. “One father, one brother.”
“He was honestly like a ray of sunshine just shining through your life,” daughter Taylor said.
Last year, 14 cyclists were killed on roads in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, and 72 pedestrians were fatally struck, according to the state.
According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 966 cyclists died in traffic accidents nationwide in 2021, a 40-year high.