Driver accused of hitting at least 9 cyclists during Arizona road race

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Police shot a driver accused of hitting at least nine cyclists during a road race event in Arizona and leading officers on a chase Saturday morning, according to authorities.

Multiple cyclists have reportedly been critically injured after being run over by a truck in Show Low, Ariz., on June 19, 2021. (Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District)
Multiple cyclists have reportedly been critically injured after being run over by a truck in Show Low, Ariz., on June 19, 2021. (Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District)

Show Low police said a black super duty Ford F-150 struck multiple bicyclists in the Bike the Bluff race just before 7:30 a.m. MT. The driver then sped from the scene, which is about 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to officials.

Authorities pursued him until they reached a hardware store, where an officer shot the driver behind the building, police said.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety will be in charge of investigating the shooting, according to Show Low police.

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Six cyclists were taken to Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center. Four were in critical condition, and two were "critical but stable," police said.

Another victim was flown from the scene and taken to a Phoenix area facility, police spokesperson Kristine Sleighter told NBC News. The victim's condition remains unknown.

At least two others arrived at the hospital on their own. They are stable, according to authorities.

The driver, a 35-year-old man, was also taken to the hospital and is "critical but stable," police said. His name has not been released.

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