Police: No Indication Of Speeding In Flagstaff Tow Truck Crash That Killed Cyclist

Jun 9, 2021

Flagstaff police say they’re continuing to investigate a tow truck crash nearly two weeks ago that left one cyclist dead and several others injured.

California resident Normand Cloutier ran a red light in a Flagstaff intersection colliding with a group of cyclists nearly two weeks ago, killing one rider and injuring several others. He's been charged with a misdemeanor and officials are continuing to investigate the incident.
Credit Flagstaff Police Department

The department says there’s no indication California resident Normand Cloutier was speeding when he ran a red light and collided with a group promoting bike safety. An outside agency will inspect the vehicle, which was towing a moving truck, for mechanical problems, and Cloutier’s blood will be examined by the DPS Crime Lab.

Inspectors will also try to determine whether the sun could have been in Cloutier’s eyes at the time of the crash, which killed Flagstaff resident Joanna Wheaton hospitalized others with severe injuries.

Cloutier was charged with causing a death by a moving violation, which is a misdemeanor. He has been released from the Coconino County jail. The Flagstaf city and Coconino County attorneys are reviewing the case.