Severe Road Rage
In case you didn’t hear, there was a recent case of extreme road rage outside Los Angeles, CA. From The Reeves Law Group (link to original content removed at request of Reeves Law Group) website:
On the 4th of July, about 300 cyclists set off on a holiday bicycle ride to the top of Mandeville Canyon road in Brentwood. The event is a popular one with cyclists in the area, and takes place at least 5 to 6 times a year, drawing plenty of LA cyclists.
On the descent, one of the cyclists was injured, and had to be taken to the hospital. Two of his buddies, 40-year-old Ron Peterson and 28-year-old Christian Stoher, stayed back and tended to him, while the ambulance arrived. Later, as the two set off back down the hill, a car passed close to them and shouted obscenities. Then, as it moved ahead of the cyclists, the driver of the car pulled in front of the cyclists and slammed on his brakes. Christian was able to dodge in time, but was still injured after losing control of his bicycle, while Ron was thrown through the back window of the car, breaking the windshield. His nose was partially severed, and he received severe facial lacerations.
The driver of the car, Dr. Christopher Thompson, stopped and identified himself as a doctor, but offered the two severely injured cyclists no help or emergency care.
I was relieved to keep reading and see that
the police have now said they are treating this as a road rage incident and as a felony criminal assault, and not as a bicycle accident. The doctor has been arrested, and has been released after he posted $30,000 bail. He is due in court next month.
Not only do I hope he is found criminally guilty for this horrible act, but I also hope he looses his medical license. At least one LA council member was reactionary enough to call
for a meeting soon with cyclists in the area, council members and traffic police to discuss the rising conflicts between cyclists and motorist on the road. More and more people are choosing to cycle, not just for recreation, but as a cost saving measure in these days of rising gas prices. As more cyclists take to the street, there are going to be more such “road rage” incidents that we see.
Perhaps it’s time we do the same in Providence, before we have such an incident on our hands.