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Video shows 17-year-old driver deliberately hit, kill retired police chief, investigators say

Retired Bell Police Chief Andreas Probst is remembered for his big heart and his welcoming nature that made any stranger feel at home


Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal

By Sarah Roebuck

LAS VEGAS — Investigators have determined that retired Bell Police Chief Andreas Probst was intentionally hit by a driver while he was riding his bike on Aug. 14, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

At the end of August, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of a 17-year-old driver who fled the scene of the crash on suspicion of a hit-and-run.

Just a few days later, detectives found a video posted to social media that showed the crash was intentional.

Over the weekend, disturbing footage spread rapidly online, featuring the driver inquiring “Ready?” while a passenger captures the scene, laughing.

The video depicts a car driving toward a man in red who is cycling on the side of the road. With the encouragement of his friends, the driver veers into the bike lane behind the cyclist, honks the horn and intentionally crashes into the rear tire of the bicycle.

The 17-year-old has now been charged with murder following the discovery of the video.

Probst had moved to Las Vegas after retiring as the chief of the Bell Police Department in California in 2009. He spent 35 years in law enforcement and moved to a remote job in global security, the Review-Journal reports.

Probst had a passion for brewing coffee. His wife, Crystal Probst, mentioned to the Review-Journal that she had to familiarize herself with the operation of the couple’s recently purchased, sophisticated Ninja coffee machine, as this task had always been her husband’s forte.

According to Taylor Probst, her father had a heart that embraced everyone, making him a father figure to all. He had a welcoming nature that made any stranger feel at home.

“Being around him, it was like being next to a ray of sunshine,” Taylor Probst told the Review-Journal. “He was always laughing, always smiling, offering you support, life advice, career advice.”

A ghost bike memorial was set up for Probst, who regularly went for a bike ride near his home.