A Homicide Squad Lt. said an act of “complete stupidity” was the reason behind the death of two people when a passenger leaned out of a passing vehicle and shoved a cyclist in Las Vegas.
Michelle Weissman, 55, died of her injuries after Giovanni Medina Barajas, 20, leaned out the window of a van and knocked her to the ground.
In the process, Barajas fell out of the van from his swiping momentum and died instantly after skidding 150 feet into a traffic light.
Man, that’s some tragic, heavy instant karma.
— Mike Stead (@tweetymike) October 26, 2020
Instant karma! 🤷🏾♂️ sad situation 😕
— Phrank (@ClickClackCLOW) October 26, 2020
Murderer wins Darwin Award.
— Publius (@RuleOfLawNotMen) October 29, 2020
According to a news report by KVVU-TV, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said Weissman died of “multiple blunt force injuries” and ruled her death as a homicide.
A family who was driving that morning said they saw a number of vehicles speed past them – which were described as a burgundy van, a gold car, and a smaller car.
They witnessed Barajas hitting the cyclist and consequently tumbling to his death as the van continued to speed away.
The family – along with other citizens – stopped to help Weissman, and police said one of the speeding vehicles returned to the scene where three “young women” began yelling and crying for Barajas.
Can’t even ride a bicycle without concern of some maniac causing intentional harm. Tough enough navigating with all the bad, mad and crazy drivers….now it’s intentional harm. These stories make you lose faith in humanity. Truly a sad story.
— TomD (@TomD80106675) October 29, 2020
On Monday, police managed to locate the driver, Rodrigo Cruz, 22, and arrested him after they found the damage on his burgundy Toyota Sienna parked in front of his house was consistent with evidence found at the scene.