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A motorist suspected of road rage will not be charged in an accident that injured a Boulder cyclist because of lack of evidence, according to The Denver Post. Richie Cunningham, a professional triathlete, and three other professional triathletes were riding together when Shepherd Wolfe passed them in his truck while honking. After Wolfe passed them, he proceeded to stop suddenly in front of them, which caused Cunningham to brake and flip over his handlebars, injuring his elbow, shoulder and back. Wolfe did not stop to render aid after the accident.
The cyclists believe Wolfe stopped suddenly out of road rage, but Wolfe told authorities that he was just letting the cyclists know he was passing when he honked, and he did see Cunningham crash behind him, but did not stop to render aid because he saw the other cyclists helping him already and did not know he was injured. Authorities conducted an investigation, which revealed that Wolfe had stopped to avoid another car and not because of road rage.
“There was a car in front of him but it wasn’t close. The driver was just using that as an excuse, as his way out of getting charged,” Cunningham told the Boulder Daily Camera. “Maybe it was hard for them to win in court, I don’t know, but it’s pretty disappointing for cyclists. We have no rights on the road except when we do something wrong.”
Whether this was a case of road rage or not, motorists and cyclists have a duty to lookout for one another on the road, which includes not leaving the scene of an accident. However, all too often, that duty is not taken seriously enough by motorists or cyclists, resulting in personal injury and even death. If you or someone you love was involved in a bike accident or car accident, you may be entitled to compensation, and our national accident attorney will fight to get it for you. For more information or a free consultation, call us today at (866) 377-3800.
[Tom’s Tips: Motorists should give cyclists on the roadway about three feet of space.]
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