MCSO: Nicholas Linsk, driver in crash that killed Dr. Marwan Maalouf, released from jail

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ - Authorities say a man accused of hitting and killing a Valley neurologist riding a bicycle in Fountain Hills has posted bail and was released from jail Thursday.

Christopher Hegstrom with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said 38-year-old Dr. Marwan Maalouf, of Scottsdale, was riding a bike westbound on Shea Boulevard just after 12 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle hit the back of the bicycle, near Fountain Hills Boulevard.

MCSO said Linsk was the driver of that vehicle and left the scene of the crash.

His bond was set for $90,000.

According to a MCSO report, another driver saw the Chevrolet truck hit something then noticed debris on the road.

He reportedly followed the truck and saw the driver pull over in a parking lot at 134th Street and survey the damage to his truck.

The witness called 911 to report the license plate of the suspicious driver. 

MCSO investigated and located the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Nicholas Linsk of Mesa.

The suspect vehicle was seen being towed from the suspect's house Sunday night in Mesa.

According to the report, Linsk told deputies he was driving home from work when he looked down then felt his truck hit something.

He said he thought it was a traffic barricade and kept going.

Eventually he said he got out to look at the damage and then went home.

Deputies also reportedly spoke with Linsk's mother who said her son told her he damaged the truck in a parking lot at work.

Linsk was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on a class 2 felony of leaving the scene of a fatal traffic collision but was released Thursday, said MCSO.

Dr. Maalouf was a neurologist at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

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