Las Vegas police plead for information for passenger who filmed intentional hit-and-run murder of a retired police chief Andreas Probst – as cops refuse to provide details about 17-year-old driver
- Andreas Probst, 64, was fatally mown down while cycling in Las Vegas August 14
- The 17-year-old driver has been charged with murder but has not been named
- Police are pleading for info on the passenger who filmed and the hit-and-run
Police are pleading for information about a passenger who filmed a sickening video of his friend mowing down a retired police chief as he cycled down a Las Vegas highway.
The 17-year-old driver was charged with murder after allegedly fatally ploughing his 2016 Hyundai Elantra into Andreas Probst, 64, in the northwest of the city on August 14.
The driver was arrested soon after the crash and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center – but more than a month later his passenger who filmed the horrific incident and goaded him to strike Probst is still on the loose.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it is still ‘actively working to identify the passenger in the car.’
The department did not immediately respond to requests for information about the 17-year-old driver, who they previously said was not being named due to his age despite being charged with murder.
On Saturday, a video circulated widely on social media and drew outraged reactions, showing the driver ask ‘ready?’ and the passenger, who was filming, laughing as he replies ‘yeah, hit his a**.’
A visual analysis of the video by DailyMail.com confirms it shows the same location where Probst was killed, on a stretch of North Tenaya Way, near West Centennial Parkway.
The fatal hit-and-run occurred at around 6am, while Probst was on his morning ride.
Police say a 2016 Hyundai Elantra struck him from the rear and fled the scene at high speed. Probst was rushed to University Medical Center, where he was confirmed dead.
The suspected driver was arrested later the same day, and police say he was associated with the theft of several other vehicles that morning.
Probst had a 35-year career in law enforcement in California, including as police chief of Bell, an unincorporated city in Los Angeles County.
He retired in 2009 and moved to Las Vegas, where he had a remote job for a security consulting firm, and took up cycling as a way to stay in shape.
His daughter, Taylor Probst, told the Review-Journal she received an alert from her dad’s Apple Watch indicating that he’d fallen on the morning of August 14.
She rushed with her mother, Crystal, to the crash scene, which was only three miles from their home.
By the time they arrived, Probst had already been transported to a hospital, but the signs left behind were grim.
‘I come from law enforcement as well in my younger days,’ Crystal told the newspaper. ‘I was able to ascertain, there’s his bike, his helmet is way over there, his phone is way over there. I’m like, this is not good.’
On September 7, community members gathered at the scene of the fatal crash to honor Probst with Ghost Bike, a permanently installed bike painted white to mark the collision point.
Cops from multiple local jurisdictions were also in attendance to pay respects.
‘He was an amazing man, a husband,’ Andreas’s wife Crystal said at the memorial event, according to KLAS-TV. ‘A father, a brother.’
‘He was honestly like a ray of sunshine that just bled through your life,’ said daughter Taylor.
Last year, 14 cyclists were killed on the roads of Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, in addition to 72 pedestrians who were fatally struck, according to state data.
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 966 bicyclists were killed nationwide in traffic crashes in 2021, marking a 40-year high.