The Arizona USA man who witnesses say deliberately crashed his pickup truck into the middle of an amateur bike race on 19 June has been charged with murder.
The murder indictment made public this week charges Shawn Michael Chock in the death of 58 year-old cyclist Jeremy Barrett who died 10 July from massive internal injuries and broken bones sustained in the catastrophic crash.
Barrett was one of nine cyclists injured when Chock sped into the peloton at the Arizona State Championship Bike The Bluff race in Show Low, a mountain town three hours northeast of Phoenix. A life-long amateur cyclist, Barrett had participated in over 50 amateur events throughout the western United States, winning his last race, the Arizona State Criterium Championship in February 2020.
Multiple eyewitnesses said Chock intentionally plowed his Ford truck in the peloton, hit a telephone pole and backed away as cyclists pounded on the truck, screaming for him to get out.
Chock then fled the scene and was pursued by police who shot him twice outside a retail store. Besides murder Chock has been charged with nine counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated assault against a peace officer and fleeing from law enforcement. He remains jailed on a $500,000 bond.
Online court records in Maricopa County reveal that Shawn Michael Chock, 35, has multiple arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) and assault.
In 2007, he was indicted on aggravated assault. Several months later, he was charged and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct with a weapon. In 2010 Chock pleaded guilty to felony aggravated DUI. He violated his probation in 2013 and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison but was paroled in October 2014.
A trial date for Chock has not been set.
PHOTOS: MCDC, Barrett, Facebook