Bicyclist killed in a fatal traffic collision in Fountain Hills on Sunday has been identified as Dr. Marwan Maalouf, a neurologist at Saint Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
Dr. Maalouf was struck while riding his bicycle west on Shea Boulevard in Fountain Hills on Sunday afternoon, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Dr. Maalouf had recently been preparing to do research on treatment patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from the Barrow Neurological Institute. He was a scientist, teacher and mentor since joining the institute two years ago.
On Sunday, a witness reported seeing a pickup hit something while driving west on Shea Boulevard, according to MCSO. The driver got out of his car to examine the damage before taking off, MCSO said.
The driver was identified as Nicholas Linsk, who works at a Target store in Fountain Hills, according to investigators in Maricopa County Superior Court documents. Linsk told authorities that when he went to the Target parking lot after work, his truck had been moved to a different parking spot and the front end was damaged. Linsk then told authorities he drove home, according to the documents.
Detectives told him a witness had spotted him. Linsk told authorities he thought he had hit a traffic barricade, even though he did not see any barricades in the area, according to the documents.
Investigators later found debris from the pickup and bicycle tire marks inside the bicycle lane that showed there had been an impact with the truck on Shea Boulevard, according to the documents.
Linsk was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an at-fault fatal traffic collision and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix,
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