Video shows bi­cy­clists pulling driver from car

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joseph Serna joseph.serna@la­times.com Twit­ter: @JosephSerna

Video of a con­fronta­tion be­tween a mo­torist and bi­cy­clists in Kore­atown on Thurs­day night shows the cy­clists pulling the driver out of his car and pin­ning him to the ground un­til po­lice ar­rive.

LAPD Of­fi­cer Drake Madi­son said wit­nesses re­ported that the driver had clipped one of the bi­cy­clists as he tried to slowly move his car through the in­ter­sec­tion.

The in­ci­dent took place about 10:30 p.m. at 6th Street and Ho­bart Boule­vard, a busy area of Kore­atown at that time of night.

It started when the 50 or so bi­cy­clists rode through the in­ter­sec­tion on a green light, but then the light turned red, Madi­son said.

In­stead of the pack sep­a­rat­ing, one bi­cy­clist stopped in the in­ter­sec­tion and blocked op­pos­ing traf­fic, which had a green light, as the cy­clists con­tin­ued to pedal through the in­ter­sec­tion, Madi­son said.

That’s when one driver tried to go through the in­ter­sec­tion de­spite the bi­cy­clists, Madi­son said.

The driver and a bi­cy­clist got into a “shout­ing match,” which es­ca­lated when the bi­cy­clist grabbed the driver, wit­ness Bran­don Pak told KCBS-TV.

The driver hit the ac­cel­er­a­tor and ran over a cy­clist’s leg, then tried to get away, Pak said, but the group swarmed him and pulled him out.

The group held the driver un­til po­lice ar­rived. Of­fi­cers took a re­port of a traf­fic col­li­sion and bat­tery but made no ar­rests, Madi­son said.

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