SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A driver of a Toyota pick-up truck got into an argument with a bicyclist that resulted in a third man being arrested for attempted car-jacking and a person in wheelchair struck in chaotic road-rage incident, the Santa Monica police said.
The driver jumped out of the truck to confront the bicyclist at Broadway and Second Avenue near the busy Third Street Promenade. That’s when a third man got into the Toyota and tried to drive off with it. The driver tried to stop the thief. In the process he was hit by his own truck. The pick-up went a little farther and hit a person in a wheelchair. Witnesses said the wheelchair was dragged for some distance.
When the truck came to a stop, a traffic officer and a witness stopped the thief from getting away. Police arrested him officers said.
Police say the man in the wheelchair and the truck’s owner were both taken to separate hospitals.
No other serious injuries were reported.
Since cyclists are permitted to use the full lane, then that info should be posted for the motorists' benefit on that route as well, and maybe it is- i've never been there. Judging from the horn blast and the actions of the Volvo driver, it doesn't seem clear to the drivers that cyclists have a right to be there.
And...regardless of a cyclist's "right" to be somewhere, a driver NEVER has the right to attempt a "citizen's execution". The proper response when others disobey the law or behave discourteously is not to put them in danger. If I am driving down a street and a pedestrian is wandering aimlessly in the middle of it (this happens sometimes in my neighborhood...), I just slow or stop and wait until I can proceed safely. Why is that such a big deal? Why do drivers insist on putting people's lives in jeopardy rather than slowing down momentarily?
Your adrenaline goes crazy for a while after something like that. I guarantee you that he felt unbelievably miserable the next morning. But, he's lucky there was a next morning.