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Old 05-08-14, 02:13 PM
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Sideswiped in Rochester

My 13-year-old son and I were riding last Tuesday when I ended up being sideswiped while riding my fat bike at

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I was just at the light pole on the right, in the right-side tire track, while my son was 10 yards or so in front of me, when a car came past and hit my bars with the mirror. It took out the mirror and my leg scraped along at least half of the car before the driver gunned it and took off, luckily missing my son. I managed to stay upright during the collision, but by the time I got myself straightened out the car had gone round a curve, so we didn't get a plate or decent description.

Both my son and I were wearing bright clothes and had our lights on, the sun was still up, and there's no reason whatsoever that visibility would have been a problem for the driver ( i.e. no curve immediately behind us, no sun glare, etc. ) The turning lane was completely empty, so there was plenty of room for him to move into the next lane and pass if he couldn't be bother to wait a few seconds while we cleared the intersection.

On the positive side, two officers came out pretty quickly to take my report, instead of the typical lack of interest we hear about so often. On the negative side, nobody has any expectation that the driver will ever be found or that they'll put much effort into finding him.
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Originally Posted by mulveyr View Post
My 13-year-old son and I were riding last Tuesday when I ended up being sideswiped while riding my fat bike at ...

On the positive side, two officers came out pretty quickly to take my report, instead of the typical lack of interest we hear about so often. On the negative side, nobody has any expectation that the driver will ever be found or that they'll put much effort into finding him.
Sorry to hear about the encounter but happy it wasn't more serious.

OTOH- while cops are portrayed here as anti bike, I've never had cause to believe that here in NY. I'm not saying they investigate every incident like a murder, but when there's an injury, and any evidence, they follow up with an investigation. Unfortunately, there's little for them to go on in your case.
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I am glad that you AND your son were not injured.
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