A Peoria father who crashed into a bicyclist in 2008 has pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and hit-and-run.
Aaron Chubick, 32, was released from jail on a $50,000 bond after his Thursday arraignment.
The victim, Richard Markarian, 65, was a retired lab tech for General Electric and an avid cyclist who had moved to Peoria from the Midwest in 1999.
Every morning at 3 a.m., except on the coldest days, Markarian would dress up in his cycling gear and hit the road for a 20- to 25-mile ride, says local attorney Jeff Finley.
Finley is helping sue Chubick on behalf of Markarian's wife, Linda.
About 3:30 a.m. on October 26, police say, Markarian had been riding his bike east in the 8800 block of West Beardsley Road, keeping well to the right.
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Chubick, headed the same way in his 2003 pickup, "left the roadway" and smashed into Markarian from behind, according to a 2008 Peoria police news release about the collision.
Chubick's pickup skidded to the other side of the road. Then the married father of three drove home, driving his car up a curb on the way, according to police. He explained what had happened to his wife, who called the cops.
A Maricopa grand jury indicted Chubick last month.
Finley has been hired by Linda Nicol, Markarian's wife, to help sue Chubick. A civil case is pending in Maricopa County Superior Court.