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Teens accused in hit-and-run that killed a former Bell police chief in Las Vegas

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By KEN RITTER and RIO YAMAT

LAS VEGAS  — Two teenagers face murder charges for targeting a bicyclist in Las Vegas and capturing on video the moment they drove into the man as he pedaled along the side of a road, authorities said Tuesday.

Former Bell police chief Andreas Probst was killed in a hit-and-run crash, which police said the two teens in the car filmed as they intentionally ran him over. https://t.co/6pE0tbCQY4

— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) September 20, 2023

Las Vegas police said they have tied the teens to at least three hit-and-run incidents on the morning of Aug. 14. They believe the death of 64-year-old Andreas Rene Probst, a former police chief in Bell, California, was the final one.

  • Deputy Chief Nick Farese speaks at a news conference on...

    Deputy Chief Nick Farese speaks at a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police on Tuesday announced a second teenager has been arrested in a series of hit-and-run crashes, including the death of a former California police chief who was riding a bicycle last month. (AP Photo/Ty ONeil)

  • Crystal Probst, left, and her daughter, Taylor Probst, family members...

    Crystal Probst, left, and her daughter, Taylor Probst, family members of Andreas Rene Probst, a cyclist who was intentionally struck in a series of hit-and-run crashes, wait to speak at a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police on Tuesday announced a second teenager has been arrested in the series of hit-and-run crashes, including the death of a former California police chief who was riding a bicycle last month. (AP Photo/Ty ONeil)

  • Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson speaks at a news...

    Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson speaks at a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police on Tuesday announced a second teenager has been arrested in a series of hit-and-run crashes, including the death of a former California police chief who was riding a bicycle last month. (AP Photo/Ty ONeil)

Video shot from the front passenger seat shows the vehicle approaching Probst from behind while he was riding near the curb on an otherwise traffic-free road.

As those in the car laugh, the vehicle steers toward Probst and then rams the bicycle, sending Probst hurtling onto the hood and into the windshield.

A final image from the moving car shows Probst on the ground next to the curb.

Deputy Police Chief Nick Farese called the recording from inside a stolen vehicle appalling and a “cowardly act.”

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he has taken a personal interest in the case and vowed to charge both teens as adults. Until then, he said they wouldn’t be identified.

“Justice will be served in this case,” Wolfson said.

At a news conference Tuesday, Taylor Probst described her father — known as Andy — as a man of honor and integrity who worked for more than 35 years in law enforcement.

“We are devastated by the senseless murder of Andy,” she said. “Andy’s life was robbed by two individuals who did not believe that lives of others matter.”

His LinkedIn profile said Probst worked 24 years for the city of Bell, in LA County, from 1985-2009. Transparent California, a pay and pension database, said Probst retired from Bell in 2009.

The 17-year-old driver was arrested on the day of the crashes on traffic charges related to the fatal hit-and-run. Police said they initially weren’t aware of the video until weeks later when a school resource officer provided it to investigators, leading to a murder charge for the driver and prompting a police search for the passenger in the video. The second teen was arrested Tuesday.

According to police, the vehicular crimes began just before dawn when the teenagers struck a 72-year-old bicyclist before driving off and crashing into a Toyota Corolla. The driver wasn’t injured in the crash, police said. They didn’t detail what injuries, if any, the bicyclist suffered.

Shortly after striking the Toyota, the teenagers drove into Probst as he rode his bicycle in a designated bike lane, police said.

They took off while laughing, said Farese, the deputy police chief, “leaving him for dead on the side of a road.”

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