So, yesterday as I was starting my ride I came to a "T" intersection with a driver sticking so far out into the road that I'd have to either stop or quickly merge into the middle of the road with traffic. I motioned to the motorist to move back so I could proceed, as he was blocking the intersection. He refused to move and so I ended up going around him behind his vehicle.
As I passed him I said "Thanks, a**hole." I kept riding but he pulled up alongside me calling me a f****t and threatening to kick my ass. I got off my bike because I seriously thought he was going to try to run me over. He pulled up next to the curb and kept calling me a f****t repeatedly and kept threatening me until I got fed up and said "OK, whatever, yeah, I may be a f*g but I'd still f**k your wife." He jumped out of his car and started wailing on me while calling me a f****t. I tried to push him off but kept losing my balance due to my cleats.
Another motorist pulled over and stopped the whole incident and called the cops. I totally expected the cops to pin it on me but they were very nice and ended up writing the dude up for battery. The motorist who called the cops told me to not let the guy get away with doing something like that and that he'd be more than willing to show up in court and testify against him.
Now, I know there's a few lawyers on this forum and I have a few questions.
First, when we go to court on this, is there any chance that the dude will actually get convicted due to what I said to him?
Second, since he kept calling me homophobic slurs, is there any way that he'd get hit with a hate crime charge? Despite me not being gay?
And finally, he slammed my head into a wall and ruined my helmet, would he have to pay for me to replace my helmet?
There's many threads on here complaining about how the police repeatedly ignore assaults against cyclists and I'm glad to say that, although I've had a few of those run-ins before, this particular incident was handled very well by the LA County Sheriff's Dept.