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Road Rage: Atlanta Police Say Driver Ran Down Cyclist

After a verbal confrontation, the alleged hit-and-run driver dragged the victim 50 feet according to witnesses of the Morningside neighborhood incident.

Credit: Patch File
Credit: Patch File
Update: Atlanta police say Monday's incident is not a hit-and run case, and is rather an aggravated assault case.

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Atlanta police are looking for the driver of a red SUV-type vehicle who allegedly chased after a 50-year-old cyclist and struck him before fleeing early Monday evening in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta.

The victim, who reportedly was dragged 50 feet not long after engaging in a verbal altercation with the driver, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after suffering serious head trauma injuries.

According to the police narrative, witnesses said the victim was riding his bicycle on Montgomery Ferry Road when he was almost struck by the red vehicle turning from Flagler Avenue onto Montgomery Ferry. The victim then approached the driver and a verbal dispute followed. The victim then left the scene, bicycling quickly down Flagler with the SUV-type vehicle following at a high rate of speed.

No witnesses observed the actual impact, but several moments later they found the victim laying under a silver SUV parked along the curb. Witnesses told investigators the red SUV-type vehicle sped away, taking a right onto Rock Springs Road towards Piedmont Avenue. Several witnesses described the driver of the vehicle as a black male.

This is a developing story and check back with Patch for updates.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers. Any information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.


Bob June 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM
I would love to see the statistics
TT June 18, 2014 at 05:33 AM
While most bicyclists are considerate, too many refuse to ride to the side of a lane, allowing traffic to pass. I often see vehicles being forced to cross the double yellow, which is unacceptable. I hate that empowered, selfish attitude.
Nick M June 18, 2014 at 06:20 AM
"Forced." Give me a break. Sorry us selfish cyclists just want to get to our destinations in 1 piece safe and sound. If you don't like the laws, change them. People like you are the ones who are entitled and selfish with your "get off my road, get out if MY way attitude."
Lone Stranger June 18, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Biking on metro Atlanta roads in any capacity is idiotic. Having said that its legal. Also you cant run people down. The APD is a damn joke if they can find this with video tape to boot.

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