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Old 06-09-24, 12:20 PM
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Fire Department Chief Assaults Cyclist

https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/...-deputies-say/

McClave, 55, of Seminole was off duty and driving his personal vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet pickup, south on Gulf Boulevard near 175th Avenue when he came up behind a cyclist riding in the shared travel lane. McClave pulled up beside the cyclist, 58-year-old Gregory Hicks, and yelled for him to get out of the roadway, deputies said.

The two men yelled back and forth at each other for a short time, and then Hicks rode his bike onto the raised median of Gulf Boulevard. Deputies said McClave followed Hicks with his pickup, intentionally driving onto the median and almost striking Hicks, who had to swerve out of the way.

McClave then stopped, got out of his truck and shoved Hicks in the chest twice and knocked a cellphone out of his hand as he tried to record the encounter, deputies said.
Video of the incident filmed by another motorist:
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"Thank you for your service."
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instead of firing the guy, he'll get paid admin leave most likely.
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Originally Posted by Troul
instead of firing the guy, he'll get paid admin leave most likely.
He's actually on an unpaid suspension right now, so it's something. Whether the county prosecutor will do anything productive is another discussion.
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I bought my first video cam and my first Garmin radar in response to two separate instances of our local (now former) VFD chief trying to run me off the road and screaming at me to ride my bike on trails.

When a large fire came to the region in August of 2020, the VFD fled and she hijacked one of the engines and took it to her house to save her own property.

I am not sure what the moral of this story is.
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On a 4 lane road, where the driver could just pass by the cyclist.
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Obviously, if you can come abreast of a vehicle, you can simply continue and complete the pass.

There's no excuse for this.

Unfortunately, devising a fitting punishment, or figuring how to prevent conduct like this is above my pay grade.
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He's actually on an unpaid suspension right now, so it's something. Whether the county prosecutor will do anything productive is another discussion.
Considering its' Florida. I somehow doubt that. He will get more than a suspension.
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I would have beaten the ever loving hell out of that guy.
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1. That will extinguish that cyclist's desire to ride.
2. Good thing he didn't ring his bell. Or kick his ash.
3. Was that rider fellow group member 3Alarmer?
4. That chief will get hosed.
5. Chief probably smoking something powerful.
6. No more climbing the ladder for him!
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Originally Posted by roadcrankr
1. That will extinguish that cyclist's desire to ride.
2. Good thing he didn't ring his bell. Or kick his ash.
3. Was that rider fellow group member 3Alarmer?
4. That chief will get hosed.
5. Chief probably smoking something powerful.
6. No more climbing the ladder for him!
who will rescue this thread?
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
I would have beaten the ever loving hell out of that guy.
I bet the outcome would have been very different if McClave went up against a much younger man.
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I lived in Florida 17 years. I don't allow people to get close enough to push me. A face full of bicycle was my response on two ocasions.
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I used to work in law enforcement, and the video shows an example of vehicular assault, in addition to reckless driving, not to mention another charge of simple assault for shoving the cyclist. These charges would result in immediate arrest, loss of one’s drivers license, and being dropped by your insurance company like a hot potato, and good luck ever finding another insurance company.

What is it about driving motor vehicles which makes people stupid?
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Originally Posted by 50PlusCycling
....What is it about driving motor vehicles which makes people stupid?
It's actually worse than it seems.
This happened in Florida, a "stand your ground" state. I wonder if the moron even considered that the cyclist might have been within his rights to shoot him dead.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY


It's actually worse than it seems.
This happened in Florida, a "stand your ground" state. I wonder if the moron even considered that the cyclist might have been within his rights to shoot him dead.
I worked in law enforcement in South Florida, was an avid cyclist at the time, and was always armed. But those were more civilized times, the term “road rage” hadn’t yet been coined, and altercations with motorists were rare. People today seem to have much thinner skins, and things which used to be ignored or laughed off in my time now commonly trigger bloodshed. Times are a’ changing, and not for the better.
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Originally Posted by Troul
who will rescue this thread?
Is this the chief problem confronting cyclists?
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