Bicycle Helmet Saves Man in Asheville Shooting, Suspect Arrested
By Noelle Kachinsky
Published: July 27, 2009
A man was arrested and charged with shooting at a man on a bicycle, but his helmet saved the victimís life.
Investigators said the gunfire erupted on Tunnel Road in Asheville when a man was riding his bike with his wife and 3-year-old son.
They say a man approached the father, upset that he was riding with his child in a bicycle seat in a high traffic area.
Authorities said Charles Alexander Diez, 42, got into an argument with the other man and that Diez pulled out a handgun and shot the victim.
They said the bullet struck the manís helmet, passing through the lining, but stopping short of hitting him in the head. Authorities have charged Diez with attempted first degree murder.
He is being held in the Buncombe County Jail on a $500,000 bond.