Phoenix police make hit-run arrest in death of BMX rider

So this is unusual; the driver of an ATV struck and killed a cyclist who was riding a BMX-style bicycle. I was curious to look up the leaving-the-scene statutes (28-661) to see where the law applies; if it was in fact off-road, the article doesn’t really specify… 28-621 seems to indicate H&R doesn’t apply off-road, see this comment.

The incident occurred about 5 p.m. near 56th Street and Happy Valley Road 12/17/2013 and won’t “count” as a traffic fatality if it was off-road. For now, I’ve tagged it non-traffic-fatality

Phoenix police make arrest in death of BMX rider

Phoenix police have arrested a man who investigators believe collided with a BMX rider in the desert last week and fled the scene on his ATV.

The BMX rider later, Frisco Davidson-Spurs Yankolovich, died from his injuries and police began a search for the ATV driver that ended Monday with the arrest of 47-year-old Gregg Creevy, police said.

Investigators attributed Creevy’s arrest in part to the public’s response for help identifying the ATV driver with a “salt-and-pepper” beard who was said to have frequented the area.

Creevy, 47, was riding his ATV about 5 p.m. near 56th Street and Happy Valley Road on Dec. 17 when investigators believe Creevy struck and killed Yankolovich, 20, said Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a department spokesman.

Creevy reportedly stopped to look at Yankolovich before he rode away, Thompson said. Yankolovich was transported to a nearby hospital but died from his injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

Witnesses told police they recognized the ATV driver as a man who frequently rode in the desert and helped construct some of the off-road jumps in the area, according to police.

Police shared Creevy’s information gathered from witness accounts with the community to help find him.

Creevy was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal collision and tampering with evidence, Phoenix police said.

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