Video shows police arrest man they say hit and killed bicyclist


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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For the first time, video shows the moments police took down the man they say plowed into an innocent man on his bike, killing him.

When police found Allen Hackett, he said he didn’t know why they were looking for him, but he quickly began to realize the severity of what he had done.

Last July, police say a man high on meth plowed into Navy veteran Joe Fricke, who was on his bike. Fricke was a dishwasher at the Golden Pride at Central and Eubank and was just heading home from work. 

Weeks later, he died from his injuries. After the crash, the driver, Allen Hackett, fled from the scene.  Police tracked him down later that day to a trailer park near Juan Tabo and Central. 

“Turn around, hands on top of your head,” officers commanded.  

As they began escorting Hackett to their cars, he became upset. 

“What the f*** happened? Please, someone, tell me what happened?” Hackett asked.  

When officers put him in a patrol car, they tried to calm him down. 

“Dude, cut it out,” one officer said. Hackett replied, “No, what the f*** happened?”

Detectives tried to piece together what happened while interviewing Hackett.

“I know you were involved in a car crash. I know that you ran and that officers found you,” an officer interviewing Hackett said.  

Hackett told officers he’d taken something and would have never willingly hurt someone. 

“I swear I wouldn’t have done this s*** if I was sober. I don’t know what the f*** happened,” said Hackett.  

At one point, a nurse came to draw his blood. The test found high levels of meth in his system, but he had one final question for officers. 

“What’s going on with the guy? Is he okay? Or, what’s going on?” Officers replied, “He’s in the hospital and he’s in surgery.”

Last month, Hackett appeared before a judge for a motion hearing and revealed that he recently failed a drug test. The judge still allowed him to remain out of jail, but said he cannot drive. 

In past motions, prosecutors expressed concerns that Hackett will argue a mental illness was to blame for the crash. His next court date is next week. 

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