Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Advocacy & Safety
Reload this Page >

Hit and Run caught on GoPro - Driver Charged

Notices
Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

Hit and Run caught on GoPro - Driver Charged

Old 07-09-17, 10:24 AM
  #1  
mbailey
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hit and Run caught on GoPro - Driver Charged

On Saturday, July 5, 2017 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County, TN a rider caught on his GoPro an SUV intentionally hit his riding companion, knock him off his bicycle and drive off. The Park Rangers and the Williamson County deputies have arrested the driver and he faces a host of charges, including a felony charge. The video is available on YouTube and many other sites but I can't get a link to work. On Facebook at the Natchez Trace page, there is an official description of what happened.

The driver was an administrator at a private school in Nashville, 58 years old, and driving a late model Volvo. A decal for Dartmouth is visible in his back window. Making this case slightly unusual is that it will not be just the local district attorney bringing charges but also the U.S. Attorney.

Hopefully, while this cretin is in prison he can study up on how his car insurance will not pay for intentional acts and that he's going to be paying for the civil suit he will surely face.
mbailey is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 10:29 AM
  #2  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,386

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7016 Post(s)
Liked 216 Times in 154 Posts
here is the video on a news site

Hit-and-run on cyclist on Natchez Trace in Williamson County caught on video | WBIR.com

Too bad their logo bar obscures the action somewhat.

Here is a better version of the video:
Vehicle Hits Cyclist, Flees; Captured On Video - NewsChannel 5 Nashville
genec is online now  
Old 07-09-17, 11:34 AM
  #3  
Chris0516
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Washington Grove, Maryland
Posts: 1,465

Bikes: 2003 (24)20-Speed Specialized Allez'

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 396 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by mbailey View Post
On Saturday, July 5, 2017 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County, TN a rider caught on his GoPro an SUV intentionally hit his riding companion, knock him off his bicycle and drive off. The Park Rangers and the Williamson County deputies have arrested the driver and he faces a host of charges, including a felony charge. The video is available on YouTube and many other sites but I can't get a link to work. On Facebook at the Natchez Trace page, there is an official description of what happened.

The driver was an administrator at a private school in Nashville, 58 years old, and driving a late model Volvo. A decal for Dartmouth is visible in his back window. Making this case slightly unusual is that it will not be just the local district attorney bringing charges but also the U.S. Attorney.

Hopefully, while this cretin is in prison he can study up on how his car insurance will not pay for intentional acts and that he's going to be paying for the civil suit he will surely face.
Originally Posted by genec View Post
here is the video on a news site

Hit-and-run on cyclist on Natchez Trace in Williamson County caught on video | WBIR.com

Too bad their logo bar obscures the action somewhat.

Here is a better version of the video:
Vehicle Hits Cyclist, Flees; Captured On Video - NewsChannel 5 Nashville
I am glad the driver was caught. I thought the WBIR posting of the video was better. But you are right about the logo being better in News Channel 5 posting of the video.

Last edited by Chris0516; 07-09-17 at 11:40 AM.
Chris0516 is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 11:45 AM
  #4  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,386

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7016 Post(s)
Liked 216 Times in 154 Posts
Yeah, clearly the driver hits the cyclist... and saw and honked at the cyclist... there is no excuse for that action at all. I hope they throw the book at that motorist.
genec is online now  
Old 07-09-17, 12:35 PM
  #5  
berner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bristol, R. I.
Posts: 3,606

Bikes: Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 357 Post(s)
Liked 78 Times in 61 Posts
A person who derives satisfaction from injury to others is a sociopath. About 1 in 20 people have this condition so it is common. An interesting fact about sociopaths is that they seek employment in areas where their malady is most likely to remain hidden. In one case I know of, the man was a high school principal dealing drugs on the side.
berner is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 01:11 PM
  #6  
mbailey
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I may be a sociopath too then - because I will derive satisfaction from seeing this motorist financially injured.
mbailey is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 01:14 PM
  #7  
JohnX
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 89
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
unbelievable. I am curious to find out what his excuse is going to be. I did hear the honk, but it could have been from the truck. That looks to be a Ford F-150 that passed by-sounds just like mine. so it could have been its horn. but it is hard to figure out how that could have been anything but intentional. i am sure they will come up with some excuse.
JohnX is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 01:30 PM
  #8  
mbailey
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
An excuse is going to be tough. There are apparently witnesses saying this car had tried this before. And even in the extremely unlikely event the collision was an "accident," how do you get past hit and run, leaving the scene, and failure to render aid???
mbailey is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 01:50 PM
  #9  
TenSpeedV2
Senior Member
 
TenSpeedV2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,349

Bikes: Felt TK2, Felt Z5

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 942 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Whatever you all do, don't read the Facebook/red site/whatever comments regarding this. Completely infuriating, so much anger and misunderstanding regarding the law and location. Blame placed on the cyclists of course. Makes me pretty sick to be honest.
TenSpeedV2 is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 03:00 PM
  #10  
TenSpeedV2
Senior Member
 
TenSpeedV2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,349

Bikes: Felt TK2, Felt Z5

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 942 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think that it is unclear. Doesn't really matter at this point. The driver hit the cyclist, and left. Be it on purpose or not, the driver continued on like nothing happened. That leads me to believe that it was intentional, or the driver was impaired. The fact that it is a federal park will definitely add a twist to the scenario. I am not sure that this wouldn't have happened even if they were single file to be honest.
TenSpeedV2 is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 03:02 PM
  #11  
1989Pre
Standard Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Posts: 2,736

Bikes: 2001 Raleigh M80, 1989 Raleigh Technium, 1983 F. Moser Sprint, 1972 Manufrance Hirondelle, 1963 Freddie Grubb Routier, 1948 P. Barnard & Son

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 696 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Well, this blows my mind...I was just about ready to start thinking that the really malicious acts were caused only by malcontent curmudgeons like that guy in Michigan that drove into a cycle club ride (I don't want to say his name).
Here, we have what appears to be someone involved in an upper echelon of education, and apparently from an Ivy League college.., driving a Volvo, no-less.
This doesn't add-up: He needs to be investigated by law enforcement.., particularly forensic psychologists, so that they get a clear understanding of this drastic departure from civility, maturity and professionalism.
1989Pre is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 03:17 PM
  #12  
mr_bill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 3,714
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1595 Post(s)
Liked 114 Times in 99 Posts
Originally Posted by JohnX View Post
one thing I was wondering about, when i was reading the Tennessean article, it stated:

"Federal regulations require bicyclists to ride single file" Is this true?
Specific information on bicycling in Natchez Trace is here.

-mr. bill
mr_bill is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 04:20 PM
  #13  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,386

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7016 Post(s)
Liked 216 Times in 154 Posts
Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
Specific information on bicycling in Natchez Trace is here.

-mr. bill
So the cyclist may be in the wrong for riding two abreast... but the driver... he's charged with the following...

Marshall Grant Neely III, 58, of Franklin, TN as the vehicle’s driver who left the scene.

Neely was arrested on numerous charges including reckless endangerment (felony), leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of accident, and failure to render aid.
I'd consider adding: being a doosh for attempting to enforce cycling laws with an SUV.
TN man arrested after striking cyclist on Natchez Trace, leaving - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS
genec is online now  
Old 07-09-17, 05:05 PM
  #14  
BikeLite
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 762
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 203 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Yep, the driver was probably mad about riding abreast another cyclist, but that gives him no right to cause bodily harm.
BikeLite is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 05:22 PM
  #15  
TenSpeedV2
Senior Member
 
TenSpeedV2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,349

Bikes: Felt TK2, Felt Z5

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 942 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The thing is that this took place in Tennessee, where it apparently is legal to ride two abreast. Now, not sure which rule overrules the other in this case. Regardless, no one should be hit by a vehicle while riding their bike.

This is also posted under the rules for the drivers:

Watch for bicyclists as they have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Share the road and give at least 3 feet of space when passing.

That looked like a little less than 3 feet.
TenSpeedV2 is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 05:42 PM
  #16  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 9,773

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 176 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3014 Post(s)
Liked 369 Times in 268 Posts
Yeah, those Fakebook cycling advocacy groups are increasingly infested with anti-cycling trolls and MUPpets who wouldn't ride on a public street unless it's a sponsored group ride with a police escort. They're basically grownup kids playing with carbon fiber road bikes on the sidewalk/MUP shared by joggers, pedestrians, kids and dogs. They drive their SUVs to and from the MUP parking lots. They'll incorrectly cite "far right as possible" non-existent laws and the "asking for it" defense.

Best strategy for the defense attorney is to fill the jury with those kinds of cyclists.
canklecat is online now  
Old 07-09-17, 05:48 PM
  #17  
ItsJustMe
Señior Member
 
ItsJustMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 13,750

Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 444 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
The thing is that this took place in Tennessee, where it apparently is legal to ride two abreast.
I believe that it's legal to ride two abreast in most states. Not all but more than half.
__________________
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
ItsJustMe is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 05:49 PM
  #18  
ItsJustMe
Señior Member
 
ItsJustMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 13,750

Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 444 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I read elsewhere that the driver behind the hit and run driver stopped to see if the victim was OK, and said that he had witnessed the same guy running a cyclist off the road previously. He's a serial offender. Good thing they finally got good evidence to get this guy stopped.
__________________
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
ItsJustMe is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 08:17 PM
  #19  
JohnX
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 89
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
Specific information on bicycling in Natchez Trace is here.

-mr. bill
Nice work, thank you.

i still think the driver will get convicted of something, probably a plea bargain.
JohnX is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 08:19 PM
  #20  
Marcus_Ti 
Frozen Solid.
 
Marcus_Ti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Posts: 4,926

Bikes: Roadie: Seven Axiom Race Ti w/Chorus 11s. CX/Adventure: Carver Gravel Grinder w/ Di2

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2066 Post(s)
Liked 115 Times in 83 Posts
Originally Posted by JohnX View Post
Nice work, thank you.

i still think the driver will get convicted of something, probably a plea bargain.
Unsafe pass (double yellow line, blind curve), hit-and-run, fleeing the scene of an accident....Those three are probably enough to revoke his current license....least they would be in Nebraska's "points" system.
Marcus_Ti is offline  
Old 07-09-17, 10:37 PM
  #21  
Ball Bearing
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: South Coast of Western Australia
Posts: 254
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 150 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So glad that this guy was caught. I hope he does jail time.

It is legal to ride two abreast here in Western Australia - but I refuse to do so because motorists get enraged and the roads are not very wide. The law is one thing but the reality of following it can be very dangerous.
Ball Bearing is offline  
Old 07-10-17, 06:04 AM
  #22  
mr_bill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 3,714
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1595 Post(s)
Liked 114 Times in 99 Posts
Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Unsafe pass (double yellow line, blind curve)....
-mr. bill
mr_bill is offline  
Old 07-10-17, 08:22 AM
  #23  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 30,977

Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 710 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Yes Full Lane
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
Full Lane.jpg (24.1 KB, 773 views)
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"
10 Wheels is offline  
Old 07-10-17, 08:54 AM
  #24  
Marcus_Ti 
Frozen Solid.
 
Marcus_Ti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Posts: 4,926

Bikes: Roadie: Seven Axiom Race Ti w/Chorus 11s. CX/Adventure: Carver Gravel Grinder w/ Di2

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2066 Post(s)
Liked 115 Times in 83 Posts
Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
-mr. bill
A double yellow line around a blind corner (or on a hill), over here means a No Passing Zone. Even if you can do a pass....it is illegal.
Marcus_Ti is offline  
Old 07-10-17, 09:00 AM
  #25  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 23,438

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 95 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3223 Post(s)
Liked 241 Times in 187 Posts
if it was a cop on the bike the driver would have been charged with attempted murder
rumrunn6 is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.