Road rage driver from 2014 may be responsible for Monday’s serious injury collision in the Hope Ranch area of Santa Barbara, California.
In April of 2014, professional sports photographer Carson Blume was riding eastbound on Cliff Drive with a friend in coastal Santa Barbara County, California when he says he was assaulted by a man driving a white pickup truck.
As we were moving over the edge line towards the parking area the white truck while all ready passing within inches at a fast rate of speed, then started moving over on us quickly, pushing the other rider over.
The truck also made contact with Carson, who just barely managed to stay upright. Carson then says the driver swerved in front to brake check them when Carson slammed into the back of the truck and went down. While Carson struggled back to his feet, he saw the backup lights come on as the driver briefly shifted into reverse.
The driver laughed and drove away. Carson called 911 to report the assault. While they waited at the roadside parking area for police to arrive, the guy in the white pickup returned to the scene of his crime and begins to yell profanities like a crazy man. A third party who witnesses this sticks around because she fears for the cyclists’ safety and because she felt like the other driver was a danger to other road users. The photo of the truck you see above was shot while they waited for law enforcement.
When Santa Barbara Police arrive, Carson, his riding partner, and the third party all report the driver “was trying to kill us.” SBPD action was to issue an “unsafe passing” ticket to the driver.
But wait, there’s more to this story.
Monday afternoon, a cyclist was seriously injured when he was hit by a car in Santa Barbara, according to this report. Reporter John Palminteri of the Santa Barbara Independent tweeted this photo of the crash scene. Does that truck look familiar?
CRITICAL head injury bike accident. Hope Ranch/Santa Barbara No helmet on rider in crash Estrella Drive. pic.twitter.com/UXC3O9O2OB
— John Palminteri (@KEYTNC3JohnP) October 5, 2015
This scanner report says the cyclist, 57-year-old Craig Buck, is “Code Blue” i.e. in cardiac arrest 🙁 at the time of this writing. Buck was an Olympic gold medalist as part of the U.S. Men’s volleyball teams in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics. Police say Buck sped around the corner on the wrong side of Estrella Drive when he sped through the stop sign and struck the pickup truck driven by 88-year-old Albert Linquiti of Santa Barbara. Given the reports of past behavior by the driver of this pickup truck, some people have expressed skepticism about this report.
Read Carson’s original ride report here (though Facebook privacy settings may prevent clicking through). He believes this is the same truck and driver in both incidents.
Even if police don’t initially take action, it’s helpful to report criminal behavior to establish patterns for future actions. The Close Call Database is a good place to record these attacks even if police refuse to take a report.