Prescott Valley Police Make Arrest In Hit And Run, Bicyclist Hospitalized

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Prescott Valley Police Department responded on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at approximately 8:00 p.m., to a report of a man lying in the roadway next to a bicycle at the intersection of East Frontage and North Starlight Drive in Prescott Valley.

The bicyclist is 72-year-old male, Dennis Steinbauer, whose injuries included severe head trauma and loss of consciousness. He was flown to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley where he remains in critical condition.

Witnesses told the police that, although they did not see the accident, they observed a vehicle leaving the location at a high rate of speed and that the vehicle had front end damage and a broken windshield.

Investigation revealed that the collision occurred when the vehicle, driven by Brian Lee Benovsky, age 49, struck the bicyclist who was traveling in the same direction and then fled the area.

A short time after the incident Prescott Valley Officers were able to locate Benovsky’s 1995 Honda Civic with front end damage that matched the evidence collected on scene. Benovsky was arrested and booked into Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of three felony offenses: Hit and Run with Serious Physical Injury, Aggravated Assault, and Endangerment.