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A man killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike near Shea and Palisades Boulevards has been identified as a respected neurologist at St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said 38-year-old Marwan Maalouf died after a Chevrolet pickup truck hit him from behind while he was riding in the bicycle lane of Shea Boulevard on Sunday. The truck drove away without stopping, according to the police report.

A passing driver saw debris on the road and noticed the Chevy stop near 134th Street. The witness told deputies the driver got out and looked as if he was checking the truck for damage. Afterward, the witness called 911 and gave deputies the suspect's license plate number.

Deputies found the suspect, 33-year-old Nicholas Linsk, and booked him into jail. Linsk faces a felony of leaving the scene of a fatal traffic collision.

Authorities say Maalouf died at the scene. He wasn't part of Tour de Scottsdale, which occurred in the area Sunday morning. 

"Dr. Maalouf was a personal friend of mine and it's just a tragedy that his young life was cut short before he could realize his full potential. But just in the two years that he had been there he had done wonderful things and has left his mark on many of his trainees who will then go on to the future and at least take something from them with him," said Dr. Roy Patchell, chairman of neurology.

Court records show Linsk told his mom and detectives that his truck got damaged in the parking lot of the Target store where he works. He then said he thought he hit a traffic barricade.

There was no indication he was impaired. Linsk's lawyer says he is diabetic, has ADD, is enrolled in a graduate program at ASU, and has no criminal history.

Maalouf is survived by his wife and family members.

Statement from St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute

Dr. Marwan Maalouf was one of the bright stars at St. Joseph's  Barrow Neurological Institute.  A neurologist, Dr. Maalouf was recruited from UCLA where he had completed his fellowship training in cognitive disorders, having worked previously at Barrow as a research fellow.  Since coming to Barrow in 2010 he gained the reputation as an excellent clinician who cared deeply about his patients, as well as a committed clinician scientist.  He was also greatly admired as a teacher and mentor to many medical residents.  Dr. Maalouf was preparing to engage in ground breaking research to identify biomarkers that would be helpful in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Maalouf died Sunday in a tragic bicycle accident in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

The physicians and staff at Barrow, and his many patients will miss him greatly.

Our deepest sympathies go to his family.


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