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Video shows another intentional vehicular assault on a bicycle rider

Posted by on January 29th, 2021 at 2:08 pm

Still from security video. Watch it below.

Someone used their pickup truck as a weapon to assault a bike rider in Portland on Friday. The altercation followed an interaction between the two road users and might have been fueled by road rage. It’s still unclear what – if anything – might have provoked the assault.

Footage shared on Reddit less than an hour ago shows the driver of a small red pick-up follow a bike rider into a parking lot at Southeast 3rd and Taylor. The driver then intentionally rams their truck into the man before reversing and driving away. (It’s a felony crime in Oregon to hit someone with your vehicle and not stop to investigate it.)

The video (below) from a nearby business surveillance camera was uploaded to YouTube by a user named Aaron Sturgill who claims to be friends with the victim.

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On Reddit, another person who claims to know the victim shared this comment:

“My friend trying to make a living with postmates was almost run over by someone in a red truck. He says the guy blew threw a stop sign and my buddy yelled out “ stop sign” but didn’t flip the bird or cuss and the guy circled around the block came up behind revving his engine so he turned into a parking lot trying not provoke a obviously unhinged person. The dude followed him revved his engine and struck him. He was totally in shock and wasn’t thinking when he chased the guy. After what happened the other day [on SE Stark] he’s pretty shook up.”

That comment is of course in reference to the intentional mass vehicular assault that took place in the Buckman neighborhood on Monday.

With this clear video evidence and a license plate visible in the video, we hope the victim will get some justice and the perpetrator will be caught. We’ll share more details and updates as they come in.

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Todd/Boulanger
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Todd/Boulanger

Wow! I for sure thought the driver with this vehicle-as-a-weapon tried to strike this vulnerable roadway user a second time. Thank goodness for front license plates [looks like an Oregon vehicle].

And the truck operator has a bicycle in the rear bed of his truck? Odd based on his behaviour to this cyclist. I doubt he / she rides it.

SD
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SD

Imagining the PPB statement/ news headline “Cyclist collides with avid cyclist’s vehicle.”
But seriously, this and whenever someone uses their car or truck as a weapon, should be attempted manslaughter.

Steve B
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Steve B

Horrifying and unacceptable.

hamiramani
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I called Hardesty’s office. I am asking/demanding a joint press conference with ALL the commissioners and PBOT to straightforwardly and firmly condemn this and ALL traffic violence (intentional or not) and to bring to the table plans to **immediately** work on safety issues for peds, people using mobility devices and people on bikes. If our leaders let another day go by without acting to enforce traffic laws and fixing our infrastructure they will have the blood of (more) Portlanders on their hands.

And, let me pre-empt those who are about to say that the police have been “defunded” so they can’t do their job. This is nonsense. The police have plenty of money to keep their force militarized but not enough to enforce basic traffic laws like stopping at stop signs?

Chopwatch
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Chopwatch

I noticed the plate # was posted on Reddit. Vehicle theft is out of control and most stolen vehicles are often used in furtherance of crime, which is why they’re treated differently from bike thefts. Older vehicles were much more prone to theft as the ignition isn’t very secure. So, lets not automatically assume it was done by the owner.

Wake Gregg
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Wake Gregg

If the cyclist was armed, he would have been well within his rights to shoot the truck driver dead… Try ramming a cop car sometime. This demands police follow up.

Alejandro Sánchez
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Alejandro Sánchez

It is an obvious murder attempt. A pickup weighs 1450 kgs, a bicycle weighs 10 kgs…the driver used the pickup truck as a weapon. Must be prosecuted.

Eastsider
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Eastsider

The truck should be impounded immediately, driver’s license revoked for life, and the driver needs to face jail time. This type of behavior is all too common, just doesn’t get caught on video most of the time.

Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

Anger and impatience…the two biggest contributors to bad decision making there are.

It’s high time we have traffic enforcement again. Malicious Idiots have become emboldened.

J_R
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J_R

Rack up another Vison Zero success! No one was killed in this “incident!” /s/
Platinum City! Not!

buildwithjoe
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Everyone needs front and rear cameras. I tested gopro and several. I stuck with the Cycliq sold at the West End Bike shop and many other stores and online. I even wrote code to ease cleaning off the camera without deleting critical files.

I’m guessing the driver has a record, and the police pattern is to not cite drivers..

Portland cops refused to cite this driver. If anyone in the Mayor’s office can get a ticket going that would be great. Or if you are a cop reading this call me. Your staff have my number in your systems.

https://youtu.be/U0g4ECjzmeU

Cycliq handlebar camera front URL above. I was on foot.

qqq
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qqq

One more reason to stop using the word “accident”.

Nadia Maxim
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Nadia Maxim

Here is the contact page for Postmates. Reach out to them and ask them to offer a big reward for information resulting in this guy being arrested. If you have a NextDoor account, post it there as well. More eyes looking for this red truck the better.

https://support.postmates.com/buyer/contact-us/help

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

QAnon influence here? Reportedly, even The Kremlin itself is amazed at how the KGB’s disinformation campaign aimed for the American people has flourished. More craziness is on the way. Make it work for you. Stay alert!

q'Tzal
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q'Tzal

With outright vehicular attacks the legal course of action must lead through the justice system.

With all of the other “SMIDSY” (British: ‘sorry mate I didn’t see you’) incidents AND the availability of cheap and reliable video cameras I propose the following:
() post the video online. Preferably tagged and titled with vehicle’s plate#, state, zip code, date & time. Include any other salient details like description of the driver.
() bypass the police and forward these DIRECTLY to all of the major automobile insurance companies. Police can’t even issue a ticket unless a flesh and blood officer witnesses it in person; insurance companies have more leeway. They can raise insurance premiums when presented with irrefutable or repeated evidence of driver behavior that will impact their profitability.
() if a particular driver is tagged in enough videos they will become toxic to insurers.

I’d rather that this be solved by the justice system but they are busy coming to terms with the fact that black people are people too; being told that people on bicycles deserve equal treatment would just fry their widdle bwains.

Nadia Maxim
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Nadia Maxim

Is there a PPB case number for this attack? Be helpful to have posted in case anyone sees or recognizes this truck.

Mason
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Mason

“You nearly killed a bicyclist with your car! That’s a severe crime! You’re going to jail for like ten minutes!”

mark smith
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mark smith

Anyone who cycles in Portland needs to get licensed to carry and learn how to use it. It’s an investment of around 400 bucks. It’s time to fight back.

Toby
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Toby

Holy crap, this conversation moved quickly from a person got hit by a jerk using their vehicle as a weapon to a lot of conversation about what the police will not do. There is a lot of conjecture about what the police are doing and how public funds are spent. It is a good conversation and likely a needed story (here if bike related or other outlets). Nice work on the VIN sleuthing and the shared image of the incident. I am glad the rider is okay and feel for you. Big questions for the rider: 1. Did your mode of transport just get destroyed? 2. Do you need assistance in the form of a frame and/or bike parts (many of us here have spares)? and 3. Do you feel safe getting back out there on a bike?

joe bob
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joe bob

License plate is visible. Should be easy enough to find the dude (and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a dude) and make sure he never drives again.

Aaron Sturgill
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Aaron Sturgill

I think it was a ghostbike in the back and I have found out new information. So I don’t think this changes anything but I was informed that The 2 parties involved know each other and it involves a woman who they both have been seeing. second it was reported to the police however since the only injury was a sprained ankle it is a low priority. for me this doesn’t change anything.