One of our members was cycling with his daughter after refereeing a soccer match in Castro Valley. He was signaling a left turn with his left arm extended when an Acura TSX hit him and quickly accelerated away. We are working with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to ensure this incident is correctly cited even though the Investigation Report listed Recommendations: None. You can watch our time slicing video deconstruction of the incident below. This is a developing incident with details to follow.
Technical notes: Bright lights such as the sun seem much brighter in video than in real life due to how inexpensive camera sensors attempt to balance exposure. It’s best to watch the video in full screen mode.
One thing is certain: if our member cyclist did not ride with a camera absolutely nothing would be done to the assailant. The amazing thing is this driver says he is a cyclist. It reminds us that the driver in the Glendale Assault incident deconstructed on our home page also said he was a cyclist. How many cyclists has this driver hit and run prior to this incident? How many more would he hit and run and how many copycats might become emboldened if we do not collectively demand enforcement?
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Please be sure to ride with a camera and submit all of your egregious near miss incident reports to our free Incident Management System so you can track, analyze, update, and map your incidents. Once your incidents are entered all cyclists will be able to search for those specific license plates to identify repeat offenders, hopefully before collisions occur!
We work with our members, law enforcement and government to establish legal precedents ensuring law enforcement accepts cyclist video evidence, without a collision, to cite and prosecute egregious near miss incidents such as the Glendale, California assault case on our home page.
Even if law enforcement refuses to enforce the many California Vehicles Codes and Assault and Battery in this case, our Incident Management System will always have highly detailed information on this incident in the event this driver repeat offends. It’s much more difficult for law enforcement to refuse to enforce the laws when you can supply a pattern of behavior.