Man arrested after hitting multiple cyclists near Goodyear highway
GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The man who hit a group of cyclists biking on a bridge near a Goodyear highway on Saturday in the West Valley has been arrested.
Goodyear Police say 26-year-old Pedro Quintana-Lujan was arrested and booked on Saturday. He faces various charges, including two counts of manslaughter, three counts of aggravated assault, 18 counts of endangerment, and two counts of causing serious injury or death by a moving violation.
Two of the cyclists died, one at the scene and one later at a nearby hospital. One victim was visiting from out of state, and the other was from Goodyear. Another cyclist is still in critical condition after the incident. The investigation is still underway, and details regarding impairment being a factor have not been released. The crash was reported Saturday around 8 a.m. on the Cotton Lane Bridge, next to the MC-85. Many individuals were treated at the scene and taken to hospitals.
The Goodyear Police Department released a statement saying that it is deeply saddened by this tragedy and extends condolences to the loved ones of the victims as well as to the cycling community and the community as a whole.
Members of the cycling community are feeling the loss. Arizona’s Family spoke to two bike shop owners, hoping their friends in the hospital will recover soon. The owner of Trek Bicycle West Phoenix, Brandon van Leuven, said he knows four cyclists in the hospital. One of them is his employee, 65-year-old Mike Smith. “He’s seriously injured. He’s not going to be back for a long time,” said van Leuven.
Paraic McGlynn, the owner of Cyclologic in Scottsdale, said one of the crash victims Clay Wells, became his friend after walking into his store 11 years ago. McGlynn said Wells recently retired and has undergone two surgeries since the crash. “He’s had surgeries to stabilize his cerebral spine, and there are more surgeries to make sure they triage his injuries to ensure for little, long term damage as possible,” said McGlynn.
Both McGlynn and van Leuven worry their friends will no longer ride after they recover due to their injuries or trauma. “These people’s lives will never be the same again, even the ones that are going to come back to us and keep riding with us,” said van Leuven. He hopes they will come out stronger and not let this tragedy keep them from their passion.
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