- A man was charged after a passenger in his minivan pushed a cyclist to her death before falling out of the van’s window, hitting his head on a light pole, and dying, the police in Las Vegas said on Monday.
- The pair had pulled up alongside Michelle Weissman on Sunday when the passenger leaned out of the window to push her, knocking her to the ground and killing her, the police said.
- Lt. Raymond Spencer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told The Associated Press that the momentum of pushing the cyclist caused the passenger to fall out of the car, skid at least 150 feet, hit his head on the light pole, and die.
- Rodrigo Cruz, 22, has been charged with murder, duty to stop at the scene of an accident, and violating the conditions of his parole from a 2016 robbery case, the police said.
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In a bizarre and tragic series of events, a man pushed a cyclist to her death from a minivan and then fell out the window, hit his head on a lamppost, and died, the police in Las Vegas said on Monday.
They pulled up alongside the cyclist, Michelle Weissman, when Barajas leaned out the window to push her and knocked to the ground, killing her, the police said.
Lt. Raymond Spencer told The Associated Press that the momentum of pushing the cyclist caused Barajas to fall out of the car and skid at least 150 feet before hitting his head on a light pole and dying.
“You have a woman who was out riding her bicycle, and they pull up next to her and strike her, causing her to die,” Spencer said at a press briefing.
He added: “It’s an absolute senseless act. There’s no reason behind this that I can tell you why it occurred, other than complete stupidity.”
Cruz, who was apprehended later Sunday, told authorities that he continued driving because he figured Barajas was uninjured, the Las Vegas Sun reported, citing the police.
Cruz was charged in a Las Vegas court on Wednesday with murder, duty to stop at the scene of an accident, and violating the conditions of his parole from a 2016 robbery case.
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