Driver Held After Truck Hits Group of Bicyclists

Arizona crash killed 2 riders and left 11 hospitalized with injuries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2023 11:25 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2023 1:40 PM CST
Pickup Crashes Into Group of Bicyclists in Arizona
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UPDATE Feb 26, 2023 1:40 PM CST

The driver of a pickup truck that police say crashed into a group of bicyclists, killing two people and sending 11 to hospitals, has been arrested and is being held in a Maricopa County jail. Pedro Quintana-Lujan, 26, was booked on two counts of manslaughter, three counts of aggravated assault, 18 counts of endangerment, and two counts of causing serious injury or death by a moving violation, KPNX reports.

Feb 26, 2023 11:25 AM CST

Two people were killed and 11 others injured after a pickup truck crashed into a group of bicyclists Saturday morning in Arizona. The Goodyear Police Department said the pickup struck a "large group of adult bicyclists" just before 8am in suburban Phoenix, the AP reports. A woman died at the site of the crash, police said, while a second bicyclist died at a hospital. Eleven others were taken to hospitals in the area with various injuries, some of which officials said were severe, per KPNX.

Police said the driver of the pickup truck, who has not been identified, stayed at the scene of the crash and cooperated with investigators. Officials did not release the names of the people involved or provide further information about what might have caused the crash. Brandon van Leuven, who co-owns a bicycle shop in the area, said he knows the members of the bicycle group to take safety precautions on their rides. (More Phoenix stories.)

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