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SANTA MONICA ( — 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.

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More info on this incident from
"National Park Service officials said Greg Goodman and Tyler Noe were riding on the parkway, which is a designated bike route on which cyclists are allowed to use the full lane of traffic if necessary, when a black Volvo plowed into Noe around 11 a.m., causing serious injuries.

"It was Tyler's first day to ride a bike since he was a kid," Goodman told The Tennessean. "He looks awful, but he is going to be OK."

Goodman was wearing a camera on his helmet at the time of the crash and provided the video to investigators."

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?

In this Washington Post article it has the National Park Services's safety tips for drivers and cyclists using the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee.
I'm amazed that this cyclist was not more seriously injured. He absorbed the sideswipe slid hard on his left side and butt, (probably has severe road rash/black n' blue) then popped up and looked off at the driver and Greg and was amazed by it. He said later that he popped up because of the adrenaline and shock then sat down.

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.  

Exactly clp
Marshall Neely, the driver, was aware of something was ahead in the road because he was following the lead of the landscapers white pickup truck but drifted over a little too fast and close to send the cyclists a message and misjudged his buzz. Then he claimed he was assaulted and then plead unawareness. . . The typical response of a 'Crazy Driver' !


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