The driver of a Ford Super Duty pickup truck hit a group of cyclists at the annual 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Bluff bicycle race in Show Low, Arizona, on Saturday. He drove his truck directly and intentionally into the group. Shoes and crumpled and broken bicycles were strewn across the street after the crash. At least six people were injured and were taken to a hospital, four of them in critical condition. Two or three other victims walked into the hospital themselves. one of the severely injured was later flown by medical helicopter to a Phoenix-area hospital. Officers pursued the driver and tried to stop him. The driver did not comply. He fled and was shot by the police. The 35-year-old man was in critical but stable condition.
“Our community is shocked at this incident, and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” Navajo County Emergency Management and Preparedness said in a statement. The driver hit the riders in the first mile and a half of the racecourse. The race had 270 participants. Show Low is a city of about 11,000 people, roughly 180 miles northeast of Phoenix. The Navajo County sheriff’s office and Arizona Department of Public Safety were helping investigate. “We don’t know the motivation,” city spokeswoman Grace Payne said media.