Bicyclist gets unbelievable revenge on a belligerent SUV driver
I’ve got to be honest, I hate it when bikes are in a lane for cars. But I also know that there’s usually a legal reason why they have to share the road, so I do what any normal person does: Safely pass them.Or you can do something like this tale of a belligerent man in an SUV and his hatred of a bicyclist. And face massive consequences.
First, a little backstory. I’m a college student, and cycle to campus every day. It’s not a long ride at all, but I have to go through a zone where it’s illegal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, so I’m forced to ride on the road. Most drivers don’t care and just go around me, since I stay to the edge and don’t make myself a nuisance. Also, I have a shitty ebike that I commute on, this will be important later.
A few weeks ago, a guy in a Ford SUV (I don’t know exactly which kind) started yelling at me as he drove by while I was in the road-only zone. All the usual “get off the road, roads are for cars, you’re too slow” kinda stuff. I get that from drivers on a weekly basis, I just ignore and keep going. This man was special though, since he cut right in front of me and slammed on his brakes after yelling. I was able to stop before I hit him, and he floored it out of there, yelling “better be careful next time, bike!”
I was pretty mad, but I hadn’t got his license plate or anything and I doubt anything could be done about it anyway, there was no real proof. Over lunch, I told one of my friends who works as an EMT the story, and he got seriously pissed off. Apparently he has seen the results of a car successfully brake-checking on a cyclist, and they aren’t pretty.
Two days later, the same Ford SUV/jerk tried to brake-check me again. I was expecting it as soon as I heard him yelling “get on the sidewalk, bike!” from behind, so I avoided a crash again. I told my EMT friend over lunch again, and he was even madder than before. I wanted to let it go, since I can’t really do anything about him, and my bicycle isn’t going to win in a crash.
This guy keeps trying to brake check me every few days during my morning commute, whenever we’re on the same patch of road at the same time. About a week ago, my EMT friend told me that he told my story to one of his friends in the campus police, who was equally pissed off. The two of them wanted to catch this jerk driver. The plan was to have the policeman parked on the side of the road in hopes of catching and pulling over the jerk. I heartily agreed, and the officer pulled some strings and had himself posted on speeder-catching duty for that stretch of road.
A few days passed uneventfully, with no sign of the road-rager. I saw the cop parked in the same spot on the side of the road every day, a spot where the road has a left-turn lane and a straight lane. Finally, I’m pedaling along and I hear the familiar voice scream “get the hell off the road, fucker!” I yelled back “catch me then!” and took off. I was spinning my scrawny little chicken legs as hard as they would go, and pegged the throttle. I guess this made the driver even madder, because I heard his engine roar as he pursued me. He shifted into the left lane as I stayed in the right.
I looked to the side and saw a nasty-ass old man in the driver’s seat, with the passenger window open. His mouth was going like he was yelling, but I couldn’t hear him over the wind noise. I saw the police car’s spot approaching and started to slow down. Taking the opportunity, the driver swung right in front of me. I don’t know if it was the speed or his anger that made him swing wide, but he cut across my lane and crashed STRAIGHT INTO THE BACK OF THE POLICE CAR.
I barely applied my brakes (slowed down to about 15 mph) and crashed into the side of his car. The officer got out (spitting mad would be an understatement) and called an ambulance and another police car. Everyone was unhurt, since the jerk was going only like 25 mph, but there was enough of an impact to trigger the SUV’s airbags. The jerk ended up getting arrested for driving drunk (seriously, who drinks before 9 AM?), for an illegal lane change, and probably other stuff too. I don’t know all the details. I imagine that causing a crash like that would entail some additional charges.
The guy ended up having to pay for for extensive repairs on the police cruiser and for a new ebike to replace the one he destroyed by cutting in front of me (the frame snapped.) On top of that, I hear that his car was defined as totaled by his insurance company, since the airbags went off, so he also has to pay for a new car. With any luck, he’ll lose his license from the drunk driving charges and won’t be able to menace cyclists again.
TL;DR: Aggressive driver repeatedly brake-checks me. He ends up crashing into a police car after trying a little too hard to hit me, and has to pay for my new bike, repairs to the police car, and a new car of his own.thetaterman314
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