The teenage driver accused of fatally hitting a retired police chief who was riding a bicycle on a Las Vegas highway should be tried as an adult, prosecutors said Monday as the victim’s wife reportedly called for “outrage in court.”
Andreas Probst, 64, was deliberately hit by a Hyundai around 6am on August 14 and a 17-year-old driver was arrested in the shocking hit-and-run caught on camera.
The teen faces a murder charge that was filed in the juvenile system, but the Clark County district attorney said in a news release Monday that he wants to charge the suspect as an adult.
Andreas Probst, 64, died while cycling on August 14.garbagehuman4.0, /Instagram
The driver asked his friend “ready?” before driving to the back of Probst.garbagehuman4.0, /Instagram
The district attorney’s office and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are also searching for a second suspect, apparently also a teenager, who was laughing while filming the horrific incident, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“I am confident that justice will be served in this matter once the investigation is complete and appropriate charges have been filed,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a statement.
The driver has not been identified due to his age.
The video shows Probst lying on the side of the road as the teen fled the scene.garbagehuman4.0, /Instagram
The hit-and-run gained national attention over the weekend when a clip exploded on social media.
As the driver approached the cyclist, he asked his friend “ready?” while he filmed the passenger laughing.
“Yes, hit him in the ass,” he told the driver before attacking the retiree.
Andreas Probst was 64 years old.TaraBull/X
After the cyclist was hit, the car sped down North Tenaya Way.
Probst’s grieving wife, Crystal Probst, told Fox News Digital that her loved one’s murder is the result of the national backlash against police and the lack of sufficient punishment for criminals.
Probst retired from law enforcement in 2009 and moved to Las Vegas. Eva Vlaardingerbroek/Facebook
“It’s not just about one victim. We as a nation are victims. “We are victims of senseless crimes,” he said in his first public statement since police announced a murder charge against the driver.
“We must all come forward and show our outrage in court.”
Probst is remembered as a “ray of sunshine” after his tragic death.Conservative Review/Facebook
Following the deliberate accident, Probst was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The former cop had reportedly moved to Sin City after retiring as police chief in Bell, California in 2009.
“Honestly, he was like a ray of sunshine,” Taylor Probst said of her father during a memorial service, according to KLAS. “That just bled for your life.”
“Everyone who knew him,” he further said. “I loved it.”