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.
The arrest report stated Cruz told police he did not want to stop after Barajas fell out the window because:
“he was scared since he was on parole and didn’t think [Barajas] was hurt.”
WTAF?! This is a horror story.
— aitchbe-ellex (@hblx) October 26, 2020
The report also said:
“Gio [Barajas] was always doing stupid stuff, but (Cruz) stated he wasn’t intentionally driving in a manner to allow Gio to make contact with any pedestrians or the bicyclist.”
Well, this is a new level of horrifying.
I didn't think I could find one, tbh.
— Dr. Ladybugspicnic (@ladybugspicnic) October 26, 2020
The Las Vegas Sun reported that Cruz was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on one count of murder and two felony counts of failure to stop at the scene of a crash.
However, logs indicated the Clark County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Cruz for the murder charge.
The news outlet additionally added he is being held in a 2016 robbery case.
Homicide Squad Lt. Raymond Spencer said on Sunday:
“There’s no reason behind this that I can tell you why it occurred, other than complete stupidity.”