Here’s a curious case. I saw this dispatch from Davis Road at Post Drive in Salinas, California.
Location: N Davis Rd / Post Dr, MONTEREY COUNTY – Feb 2 2015 3:59AM
20002-Hit and Run No Injuries
— Feb 2 2015 4:00AM VEH VS BICYCLIST
— Feb 2 2015 4:03AM TRUCK DROVE INTO BICYCLIST LANE AND OPENED DOOR TO HIT RIDER
What? Does that really say what I think it says?
Mari Lynch in Monterey contacted the CHP office there and confirmed the report that a driver apparently doored a cyclist on purpose from a moving truck.
The 21-year-old female cyclist, a resident of Salinas, was riding north in the southbound bike lane (i.e. against traffic) at about 4 AM on a mostly empty Davis Road. The driver of a white Chevy pickup truck traveling the same direction on the other side of this four-lane divided road veered across his lanes, bounced over the concrete median into the opposite lanes, where the sweetheart in control of his white Chevy then opened his door while driving his truck to hit the woman on the bike.
War on cars, indeed. The coward then continued north, no doubt laughing with his friends as he bragged about his manly achievements.
The cyclist was knocked off of the road. She and her bike are fine, but the assault stings nonetheless.
Monterey area CHP are investigating but the only information they have to go on is “white Chevy pickup truck.” Maybe one of the driver’s buddies was with him or heard him bragging about it. If so, you can call the Monterey CHP office at (831) 796-2100.
Thank you to Mari Lynch. She runs an outstanding resource for all things Monterey County cycling here.