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Bicyclist Struck Purposely By Motorist in Bloomingdale

From the Bike Washington listserv via WashCycle blog:

I unfortunately had the awful experience of being hit by a car on my commute home this evening. The details are as follows: Around 5:50 PM I was riding along First St. NW with other commuters. We crossed over Florida Ave and a car came in behind me, horn continuously on, and accelerated into my rear wheel knocking me to the ground. The driver then got out of the car and yelled some obscenity at me. He got back into his car and left the scene.

I ended up with a few bruises and bumps but luckily no serious injury, but my rear wheel was destroyed along with my saddle, still not sure about the frame. Although there were seven plus witnesses, we were only able to get a partial license plate. We did get a great description of the car. The police arrived on the scene and took all the witness statements, etc and the incident will be filed as a hit and run.

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  • Manor

    and MPD will never follow up on the case... Unless an officer witnesses it, there is no crime in DC.

  • K

    Even if a cop witnesses it, it's not a crime unless a tax-payer comes along and inquires if he intends to do anything about it.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    Today I went to the Giant in Columbia Heights and then went to CVS on 17Th and P streets, NW where I pick-up my perscriptions and then went home to have a turkey and swiss on rye that I bought at the Giant earlier and now I am here reading this dribble!

    IN PLAIN WORDS, WHO CARES!!!!!

  • Anon

    I'm sorry, but MANY of the cyclist I encounter seem to drive (peddle) wrecklessly... weaving in and out of traffic, riding in the middle lane as opposed to the right etc. Not condoning anyone getting hit by a car but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to sometimes push someone off a bike...

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    CORRECTION: prescriptions, not perscriptions!

  • Davey

    and, we are to assume, you did nothing wrong? You were obeying all the traffic laws, such as stopping and waiting at red lights, staying to the right of vehicular traffic, not riding on sidewalks, etc. This motorist just went crazy for no reason whatsoever? Is that the case? You did nothing to provoke this?

  • Anon

    HA! GREAT point Davey...

  • Darquavianique

    I think some of the cyclist douchebags I've encountered would benefit greatly from a love tap from my SUV.

    I'm sure they guy in this story was an asshole who had his bluff called.

  • Keith B

    Bikes can ride on sidewalks, except in certain areas of downtown DC, Davey. Maybe you should learn the traffic laws before you go off lecturing about them.

    Also: u mad?

  • Typical DC BS

    The only douchebags are the ones here that have no idea that bicyclists legally have the SAME rights to use the roads as cars. Poor babies, a bicyclist slows you down while you sit on your fat ass in a car using one foot to pump the gas and brakes. AWWW.

    Try showing a little patience, dipshits.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    'Typical DC BS', you are correct they have the same legal rights as a motorist and they also have to follow the same rules like a motorist, which means stopping at traffic lights and STOP signs! I had one asshole almost run me down in a crosswalk at a four way stop, so if you arrogant douche bags can't follow the rules of the road then, FUCK-OFF!

  • Keith B.

    I'm always amazed at the vehemence w/ which some people weigh in on car v. bike accidents. I mean, assholes are assholes regardless of what they drive. Whenever WaPo's taffic blog mentions a car accident or collision on I-95, do people shit up the post with "These arrogant douche bags got what they deserved" and "serves em right driving a car badly"?

    Seriously, driving around here, yeah I see people biking shitty. But I see way way way more people driving shitty (there being, of course, more cars on the road). But I don't get myself worked up into a frothing at the mouth rage, with fantasies of violence about either one. Jesus fuck you people suck.

  • Keith B.

    Is it because on 12th street a person riding even at a slow pace will still get where they're going faster than you, not so much by running lights but by not being stuck behind a million other vehicles?

    BUT I BOUGHT A HEMI I SHOULD GET THERE FIRST

    SOCIALISM

  • noodlez

    BLAME FENTY AND ALL HIS BIKE LANES THAT MOST CYCLIST DONT SEEM TO USE!

    THE SPEED LIMIT ON DC RESIDENTIAL STREETS IS 25MPH UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED. YOU MUST MAINTAIN SPEED, ESPECIALLY DURING EVENING RUSH HOUR, WHEN RIDING IN THE STREET!

  • M.rock

    I really do not understand all the bike hate in DC. I, for one, follow all the rules of the road. I never weave in and out of traffic, I always brake at stop signs. I use bike lanes whenever possible. Yet, I get honked at in empty three lane streets like Florida Ave NE or Penn Ave after rush hour just because some motorist needed to make a right turn and couldn't wait three seconds.

    Do you guys really believe that whatever this bicyclist did, they deserve to be hit with a car on purpose, and then reprimanded by the assailant without any assistance? Please put away your usual anonymous venom and answer truthfully.

    Thanks.

  • proballdc

    Many cyclist disregard District laws that apply to them. They often are disrespectful to pedestrians in the same way that they claim that cars are disrespectful to them. I have nearly been knocked over by more than a few on the sidewalk. Good for THEM it didn't happen. The day it does, will be the day that they see their bikes destroyed.

  • Keith B

    noodlez, YOU'RE A FUNNY GUY BUT YOU'RE FULL OF SHIT.

    proballdc, nice impotent rage there. Go home and beat your wife about it.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    'noodlez', you are absolutely right and why people hate people on bikes, because the majority of bike riders are arrogant assholes! If you keep being stupid one day you will find yourself pedaling into the morgue, remember in a battle between metal and flesh, metal always wins!

  • downtown rez

    noodlez, Rick:
    Under law, a speed limit is just that. The speed one may not exceed. There is nothing in the law that says one must drive as fast as the speed limit on our residential streets. In fact, in many cases it is not safe to drive at the speed limit, and you can be ticketed for doing so. Not that MPD seems to ticket much for speeding.
    Sorry,

  • noodlez

    downtown rez NAW SLIM YOU HAVE IT ALL WRONG. LOOK I BIKE AS MUCH AS THE NEXT GUY HOWEVER THERE ARE CYCLE VIOLATORS RUNNING RAMPANT IN THE CITY. YOU MUST MAINTAIN SPEED AT ALL TIMES OR YOU CAN BE TICKETED FOR OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC.

    BIKES ARE TREATED LIKE VEHICLES IF RIDDEN IN THE STREET!

    P.S.A.- IF YOU CANT PUMP A FIXIE CONSTANTLY THEN GET THE FUCK OFF IT AND ESCORT IT ON A SIDEWALK! YOU GOT ALL THESE FAKE ASS RIDERS WITH THEIR CRAFTY BASTARD DECORATED MESSENGER BAGS TRYIN TO BE SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT!

  • Typical DC BS

    @ Rick Mangus: You are correct in stating bike riders have to follow all applicable laws as well. I got hit downtown by a bike messenger several years ago. They definitely DON'T belong on the sidewalk and bike riders do screw up, no doubt about it.

    However, running over a bike rider using a car, getting out and screaming, then leaving the scene is NEVER justified.

  • Think of the children (in the double wide strollers)

    Several of you are essentially advocating murder simply because you find cyclists annoying.

    That's flat-out psychotic.

  • Think of the children (in the double wide strollers)

    Fascinating how we live in a city where people who drive are comfortable calling for the assassination or maiming of cyclists but none of you would ever raise a finger to do anything about the bankers that actually fucked us all over.

  • KEB

    Some of these comments are really disgusting. The cyclist that was assaulted and luckily not killed by this road-raging lunatic is my husband. Several witnesses saw this pathetic excuse for a human driving impatiently while texting and honking at other cars and cyclists and then PURPOSEFULLY ACCELERATING DIRECTLY INTO THE BACK OF MY HUSBAND AND THEN FLEEING THE SCENE. There is not a bike lane on 1st Street at the location and even if there were, he has every right to use the street just as a car. I am just lucky that my husband (who is a soon-to-be father) is alive. We put up with a lot from erratic and rude drivers just as drivers may put up with some rude cyclists but some of you people should really use better judgment before posting such awful comments.

  • cminus

    Many cyclist disregard District laws that apply to them. They often are disrespectful to pedestrians in the same way that they claim that cars are disrespectful to them.

    Speaking as a pedestrian who doesn't own a bike and only rarely drives a car, I don't much care for bicyclists but they're angels compared with motorists.

    When I walk to work, it's an unusual day when I don't see a bicyclist riding in an unsafe manner. It's an unusual block when I don't see a motorist driving in an unsafe manner -- and I have a much, much, better chance of surviving a collision with a bicyclist than I do with a motorist.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    'KEB', CRY ME A RIVER, you sound like a soap opera! also when you ride a bike you are suppose to ride to the right not in the middle of the street!

    Also your husband must of did something pretty bad to piss-off this guy!, and don't give that line of crap that he didn't!

  • Bryan

    M. Rock, I know a lot of bikers who ride properly and do everything right, and thank you for being a good citizen. HOWEVER, I also drive a car sometimes, and I see a lot of bikers riding like jackasses.

    There was a time when I tended to blame the cars. This was about 5 or 6 years ago when I think most riders on the road acted like cars. They rode fast, the kept an eye on the cars around them (just like other car drivers have to do) and they followed traffic laws and etiquette. Today, most riders I see act like there is no one else on the road. They cut across traffic, sail through red lights, and go 5 mph during rush hour. These days, I assume the biker screwed up before I start asking about what the driver of the car did wrong.

  • darkwater

    Ok. 1st off rick madnus is obviously off his meds or may blogging from a mental hospital or something, because he sounds like someone straight out of a Tea Party rally. Next he'll be typing: "keep your govt. hands off my medicare you commi-socialist scum." There simply is no rationale for a SANE person to act in the way this driver did, no matter how someone may feel towards bikers. And to say that "he must have done something to piss the driver off" is tantamount to saying that, that black guy must have done something really wrong to make those cops shoot him 41 times killing him on his own front porch; well, we all know the guy was reaching for his wallet to show his I.D. when the white cops shot and killed him; they were wrong and so was that driver. I think the point here is, you don't necessarily have to be doing something wrong for some lunatic to go postal on you.
    We live in a violent society, and violence and sex are constantly displayed through electronic and social mediums all around us. Many people (seemingly ron madnus included) do not seem to be able to discern between fantasy and reality so can we honestly not expect for many people to duplicate what they see on TV and in movies on a regular basis? Is our society not in some part to blame for this nutcase that used his 2 ton vehicle to ram some guy off of his bike who probably weighed no more than 185 lbs bike included?

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    'darkwater', talk about being off meds, Christ!

  • DC Hoodrat

    darkwater,

    If you were on a bike and in my way I'd run you over just far having to read and attempt to make sense of the bullshit you just typed.

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