Nicholas Linsk, Accused of Driving Into Bicyclist and Leaving, Blames Truck Thief (Who Was Nice Enough to Return His Truck)

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Mesa resident Nicholas Linsk is accused of driving his truck away from the scene of his fatal collision with a bicyclist in Fountain Hills, which was reported by a man driving in the lane next to him at the time.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the initial story Linsk provided to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was that he noticed his truck was damaged when he left work, and it was parked in a different spot from the one he parked it in before heading into work at Target.

Naturally, that would mean that someone stole the truck from outside of Target on Shea Boulevard, ran over the bicyclist a few blocks away, near Palisades Boulevard, then returned the truck to the parking lot and went on with their day.

After being informed that the man driving next to him at the time is the one who reported the incident, Linsk changed his story.

The witness told police that he saw Linsk's truck hit something, and although he only saw the debris from the collision, he reported that there was significant damage to Linsk's truck, and it looked like he hit "something more significant than a traffic barricade," the documents state.

After someone driving Linsk's truck stopped at the Mayo Clinic -- which is on the Scottsdale side of the border with Fountain Hills -- the witness phoned in the license plate number and a description of the driver, complete with the red shirt.

An MCSO deputy went to Linsk's home in Mesa, and Linsk told the deputy his story about the truck just ending up that way once he left work.

After being informed about the witness, Linsk told the deputy he thought he just hit a traffic barricade, although he didn't see any other traffic barricades in the area, the documents state.

He said he stopped to check out the damage, then proceeded to go home. Meanwhile, a deputy who went to the scene of the collision found the body of Marwan Maalouf, who had been riding his bicycle in the bike lane on Shea Boulevard.

According to the court documents, there was a skid mark from a bicycle tire about a foot inside the bike lane, which investigators believe is the point of impact.

Debris at the scene happened to match parts that were missing off of Linsk's Chevrolet truck, according to the documents.

Linsk faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal, at-fault traffic collision.

His bond has been set at $90,000.



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MoManny
MoManny

I remember Nick from Jr. High (he was 2 years older), his mom was an art teacher or something. Kind of surprised that he killed somebody, even by accident. He would come back to visit sometimes or something, and he always seemed a little off for some reason. He's obviously guilty of leaving the scene, so that in itself is pretty bad. I kind of wonder why he would do that though. We lost an excellent doctor and that's the real tragedy.

Kavari
Kavari

Wow, I hope this driver is put away for a long time. I've had the unfortunate circumstance to have known his family for years. He has always been spoiled and coddled by his mama. His diabetes, learning disability and ADHD should NOT even have any bearing on this case nor be an excuse for him ramming  the poor bicyclist from the behind and causing his death.

sassy
sassy

What a piece of trash excuse for a human being.....if he is that retarded then what was he doing driving in the first place? The community lost an upstanding Dr...and this guy is what? a waste of space on the planet is my guess...still living with mommy at his age = garbage......strip him of his drivers license...sounds like it's about time and this is not his first offense.....better yet.....lock him up nobody will miss him anyways.

Beshal
Beshal

I too know the driver of the car.  There is no excuse for what he did,.  He has always gotten away with his behavior, and claims its do to his learning dissability.  That is crap.  He knew exactly what he did, and he is finally going to have to pay for his actions.  We lost a great doctor, due to someone's stupidity, and tried to lie his way out of it.  That has what the driver has gotten away with all of his life and people have turned the other cheek.  Hopefully the courts will not, and he will have to pay for his actions.

Ponygal
Ponygal

I know this person driving the vehicle. He is a good person, but made a horrible decision. I am almost sure he was texting and driving. This person absolutely should of stopped, and lying to the law enforcement is only making a tragic situation worse. I pray for both families. Very sad all the way around.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

I don't know, if he wasn't drunk and he doesn't have outstanding warrants or something like that why wouldn't he have stopped if he knew he hit a bicyclist?  He is not being charged with anything driving-related either, just leaving the scene, which would indicate to me that he wasn't driving recklessly or something like that.  It is a sad situation, but I think he might be telling the truth.

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

Bikes and cars should not even be in the same roadway, especially alot of the bikers wearing their speedo's who signal thru traffic and act like cars, I have even seen the run stop signs, and signal to cars that they are coming up to a stop sign and do not expect to stop, amazes me every time I see them riding in the bike lanes on or over the lines into the roadway. I purchased a car DVR, I suspect one is just gonna fall off their bike into the roadway, or disobey the traffic signs and expect it to be the fault of the car driver, hard to prove unless you have a witness staring out the side of your vehicle at all times with a camera

arizonacentral
arizonacentral

@Ponygal 9 out of 10 roadway texters are woman, at least the 9 I see everyday

tomashbeck
tomashbeck

@JustDoIt Really? Did you read the article? This doctor was well in his bike lane when he was hit. I've too seen bicyclists do dumb things on the roadway, but this time the only stupid was Mr. Linsk. And that's putting it lightly.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 @JustDoIt I agree, it seems like some of these bicyclists simply do not comprehend exactly how much danger they are in when they ride in the roadway.  It is like they suffer a complete loss of common sense when they get on the bike.

arizonacentral
arizonacentral

@tomashbeck 1) Nobody really knows what happened. 2) the ONLY stupid thing this man did was leave the scene, otherwise it would be just an accident 3) Riding a bike on a main roadway puts your life at risk, I consider that STUPID

tomashbeck
tomashbeck

@JustDoIt @arizonacentral Driving his truck legally? Ha! Swerving into the designated bike lane while not being attentive behind the wheel is hardly driving legal. Evidence at the scene suggests the bike did not hit the truck, like you want to suggest. Besides, rearend accidents are not the fault of the lead vehicle operator, car or bike. Point is, why leave the scene and then lie to police AND your mother? Just not a good idea and a tragedy.

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

 @tomashbeck  @arizonacentral

 The driver was also driving his truck legally, who is to say the bike did not hit the truck, hmm wait the bike caused damage to the truck to, its called an accident, not homicide, leaving the scene is his only crime, if he stayed, he would be home having a glass of wine and watching TV, the bike, well maybe he should ride on BIKE trails instead of a major roadway

tomashbeck
tomashbeck

@arizonacentral Nobody knows what happened? Not true. This doctor was hit and killed while legally riding his bike until stupid came along. He hit this man because he was not paying attention, left the scene, and then lied about it. I can't really appreciate your sensitivity for the driver, although I'm sure he has many other positive traits.

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