PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man authorities identified as the driver who plowed his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists at a weekend race has a criminal history of driving while intoxicated.
Police say Shawn Michael Chock fled the crash Saturday in the mountain town of Show Low and was shot by police as they chased him.
Online court records show the 35-year-old was charged in Phoenix in 2007 and 2010 with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, assault and other offenses.
Chock was still hospitalized Monday in stable condition.
A police spokeswoman says seven cyclists were rushed to hospitals Saturday, most in critical condition.
On Saturday, Chock is accused of speeding his truck into bike racers gathered just before 7:30 a.m. for the annual 58-mile Bike the Bluff race, which had drawn hundreds of participants.
Witnesses described seeing the bodies of cyclists flying left and right.
Tony Quinones, a cyclist who saw the crash, said some riders wondered at first whether the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. But Quinones said he saw the man speed toward the cyclists.
“He went right at us,” Quinones said.
Seven cyclists were rushed to hospitals, and six were listed in critical condition.
The other was in stable condition.
After crashing into the bicyclists, the driver of the pickup hit a telephone pole, and cyclists ran up to the truck and started pounding on the windows, screaming at the driver to get out, witnesses say.