Alleged road rage attack on Vancouver cyclist caught in photos
Dramatic photos purportedly showing a driver attacking a cyclist in downtown Vancouver have surfaced on social media.
Text posted with the pictures describes the incident as involving one man allegedly driving his car at another man on a bike. Following a verbal spat, the driver allegedly roughed up the cyclist (named Edward).
The Facebook account (which we have not verified) states:
The police were called by witnesses and it took 15-30 minutes for them to arrive, during which time the driver was texting and making quiet calls on his phone. Upon arrival, officers proceeded to spend approx 10 minutes talking with the driver while Edward sat alone, bleeding and in shock from his injuries. The first question the police officer asked Edward, before he was allowed to make his statement, was "why weren't you in the bike lane?".
The assault was deemed to be a voluntary fight and police refused to press charges. Various witnesses came forward but the officers did not seem interested in taking statements. The officers then confiscated the various business cards given to Edward by witnesses (one of which was stained with his blood) and let the driver go as they had already decided that the altercation was a "voluntary fight".
At time of writing, the Facebook photo set has been shared over 270 times since being posted on January 25.
Update (2:37 p.m.): The Vancouver Police Department has issued the following statement:
On January 24th, just after 4:00 p.m., police were called to Dunsmuir Street and Burrard Street for an altercation between a cyclist and a motorist.
Officers arrived within 13 minutes. The men had already been separated and were waiting to speak with officers. Police spoke to both men and a number of witnesses, and determined the physical altercation was the result of a disagreement over the use of a bike lane.
Witnesses say the cyclist was in the roadway and was cut off by the motorist, which caused the cyclist to fall off of his bike. It was determined no contact was made between the cyclist and the vehicle.
The cyclist then allegedly attempted to damage the motorist’s car, reaching into the car and throwing property belonging to the motorist all over the road.
Witnesses saw the motorist exit his car and a physical altercation between the two men took place.
Police drove the cyclist to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. At this time, after speaking to witnesses about the events leading up and to including the physical altercation, there is insufficient evidence to request a charge against either man.
A number of photos have been distributed on social media depicting the final moments of the physical altercation. This is unfortunate, as the photos appear to paint an incomplete picture of the event. Police take these incidents very seriously, and the photographs will be forwarded to investigators to ensure all aspects of the investigation have been exhausted.
Update (5:29 p.m.): Edward Hoey, the cyclist in the photos, has spoken out about the police response to the incident. Read the story: "Vancouver cyclist in fight with driver disturbed by police response".
Update (January 28, 9:55 a.m.): A video has emerged showing the violent altercation at the conclusion of the incident.