An Arizona man already facing assault charges for allegedly driving his truck against people participating in a bicycle race nearly six weeks ago was charged with murder.
An indictment released Wednesday adds a murder charge against Shawn Michael Chock in the death of 58-year-old Australian Jeremy Barrett.
Barrett was among those injured on June 19 when Chock sped into a crowd gathered for the annual 58-mile (93 km) Bike the Bluff race in Show Low, a mountainous city about three hours northeast of Phoenix, authorities say. .
He is also charged with aggravated assault on nine other people, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing from law enforcement. Chock previously pleaded not guilty to some of the charges, although he has yet to plead guilty to the murder charge.
Hunter T Lewis, an attorney representing Chock, declined to comment on the allegation.
Prosecutors allege that after crashing into the crowd, Chock struck a telephone pole and drifted away from the crowd as bicyclists banged on the truck’s windows and yelled at him to get out. He then drove down the road, turned around, and headed toward the cyclists before pulling away.
Police shot Chock at a nearby hardware store. He was charged after being released from the hospital and remains incarcerated on a $ 500,000 bond.Australian Jeremy Barrett, 58, died on July 10. Photographer: Supplied
Barrett’s condition had improved with the surgery and the Flagstaff doctors planned to transport him to Tucson. But a friend has said that Barrett suffered another setback while struggling to survive. He died on July 10.
Barrett, who spent part of his life in Zimbabwe and Australia, was well known in the cycling community for welcoming new riders and welcoming riders training in southern Arizona, friends said.