Stuff like this s just plain scary, can't we all just share the road, please?
Emergency room doctor arrested for allegedly cutting in front of bike riders, causing crash
Article Launched: 07/08/2008 09:35:18 PM PDT
"LOS ANGELES - An emergency room doctor was arrested after he allegedly swerved in front of two bicyclists during an argument over rights to the road and caused them to crash into his car, police said.
Christopher Thompson, 58, was arrested Friday for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon - the car - and booked into jail, Officer Ana Aguirre, a police spokeswoman, said Tuesday.
Thompson allegedly argued with the bikers who were crossing his path on a narrow road and pulled in front of them, slamming on the brakes, she said.
The bicyclists were taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
Thompson posted $30,000 bail and is due in court Aug. 1, Aguirre said.
The district attorney's office is deciding whether to file charges.
Thompson, who is an emergency room doctor, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday. Telephone calls placed to numbers listed for a Christopher Thompson in the neighborhood were not answered or rang busy.
Ron Peterson, one of the bikers, told KFI-AM he and another man were riding their bicycles when the driver sped past them and yelled something.
"It had to be road rage," Peterson alleged. "He barely missed me."
Peter Swarth, who said he was Thompson's attorney, said his client did not mean to hurt anyone.
"We deny there was any road rage incident," Swarth said. "It was a very unfortunate accident."
Swarth could not provide further details about the circumstances
leading to the crash."
He may not be able to provide details leading up to the crash...but I bet I know. As an emergency room doctor, he sees many, many disturbing things. But nothing could prepare him for the day he came home and his wife said, "look honey! I got a tattoo!"
He's had it out for the cyclists ever since...