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'Act of stupidity' leads to bizarre double homicide in Las Vegas

Posted at 4:39 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 18:39:24-04

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police are calling a bizarre double homicide involving a bicyclist and minivan passenger "senseless" and an "act of stupidity."

Sunday night, the passenger in the minivan was sticking his body out of a window and trying to hit people walking nearby on city streets.

While driving up to 60 miles-per-hour, the minivan pulled close to a woman riding her bike in the bicycle lane. The passenger, with his body still out of the vehicle, hit the bicyclist with his hand, causing the woman to fall to the pavement and die.

However, the momentum from the impact caused the passenger to immediately fall from the minivan, where he struck his head on a light pole and also died at the scene.

The driver of the minivan, 22-year-old Rodrigo Cruz, has been taken into custody and is currently in jail.

Cruz told police that the passenger "always did stupid stuff."

Now facing charges of open murder and hit-and-run resulting in death, Cruz claims he didn’t intentionally try to drive towards the sidewalk and was trying to grab the passenger from falling out of the minivan.

“100% karma. They deserved it,” Socrate Farea, a neighbor, said.