A bicyclist who was hit final month by a truck driver who plowed into a group of people in a bike race has died. Jeremy Barrett, 58, died of his injures on Saturday, in response to authorities.
Barrett died three weeks after the suspect sped right into a crowd taking part within the annual 58-mile Bike the Buff race in Present Low, Arizona. His demise was disclosed by Arizona Division of Public Security spokesman Bart Graves on Monday.
‘He was very selfless,’ Joey Iuliano, president of the Arizona Bicycle Racing Affiliation stated of Barrett. ‘I used to be instructed that whereas the paramedics had been engaged on him, he was asking how his pals had been and in the event that they had been OK.’
After present process surgical procedure, Barrett’s situation appeared to enhance and medical doctors in Flagstaff deliberate to move him for ongoing medical care to Tucson. Nevertheless, his well being turned for the more serious, his pal and fellow bike owner Kathryn Bertine stated.
The accused truck driver, Shawn Michael Chock, 36, allegedly hit a phone pole and backed out of the group as bicyclists pounded on the pickup home windows and yelled for him to get out. He then drove down the street and rotated towards the cyclists earlier than fleeing, in response to witnesses.
Chock was indicted final week and faces 9 counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon and one rely every of fleeing an accident and illegal flight. Chock pleaded not guilt to all the costs in Navajo County Superior Court docket on Monday.
Extra costs are anticipated to be filed in opposition to Chock given Barrett’s demise, Navajo County Legal professional Brad Carlyon stated.
‘As soon as we now have obtained all of the regulation enforcement experiences, we are going to overview to find out if any new costs are acceptable to carry,’ Carlyon stated.
Barrett was recognized within the biking group for welcoming new members and internet hosting them whereas they skilled in southern Arizona, in response to his pals. He beforehand resided in Australia and Zimbabwe. Barrett labored for an organization that produced ammonium nitrate-based merchandise for agriculture and mining.
‘It’s so essential that folks understand it wasn’t (solely) a bike owner who died,’ Bertine stated. ‘It was a human being, it was a pal, a father, a boyfriend, any individual who was a real-life dwelling soul, an asset to our group.’
Barrett was one among six cyclists who fought for his or her lives after the incident.
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