Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was riding his bike in the bike lane on Venice Boulevard last Saturday night when he was
hooked cut off by by a cab driver.
The taxi driver
passed Villaraigosa then pulled abruptly in front of the mayor, pulled out directly in front of Villaraigosa, causing the Mayor to lose control, tumble from the bike and break his elbow.
So while the driver did cause what the police term a no-contact collision, it was not a hit-and-run. And the only chargeable offense would be making an unsafe lane change or failure to yield.
Welcome to our world.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’s spent much time riding the streets of this city who doesn’t have a similar tale to tell. Except drivers usually don’t stop for cyclists who don’t ride with a security detail.
And I have a feeling the police took the mayor’s call a little more seriously than they have the rest of us.