DA Fails to Prosecute Road Rage Driver Who Assaulted Cyclist in NYC

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Broderick was arrested in June and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a personal injury, a misdemeanor. But for reasons that are mystifying to us, the Manhattan DA told Gawker today—after weeks of requests for updates—that they are letting him go unpunished: “We declined to prosecute because we could not sustain the burden of proof on personal injury,” a spokeswoman said.

Broderick was arrested on June 12—a full eight days after the incident, which gave the NYPD plenty of time to document Dooda’s injuries and determine whether or not they merited a charge of leaving the scene with a personal injury. And even if they didn’t, it’s still a misdemeanor in New York to leave the scene of an accident with property damage. Asked why, if prosecutors didn’t think they could prove that Dooda was injured, they didn’t file lesser charges based on damage to Dooda’s bike, the DA’s office spokeswoman declined to comment. At this point, Dooda’s account of the terrifying incident, posted on a bicycling message board last month, bears repeating:

The driver then accelerated, lunging straight into me, knocking me and my bicycle to the ground and to the left side of his car. I quickly got to my feet and positioned myself in front of his vehicle to prevent him from fleeing the scene. I called out to bystanders to call the police and yelled at the driver that he was insane, he just hit me, and he can’t leave. The driver again accelerated into me, with no intention of stopping, forcing me, prostrate, onto the drivers side hood of his vehicle. Riding precariously with a 4,000 lb wheel inches from pulling me beneath it, I screamed for the driver to “Stop!!! Please Stop!!” over and over. He continued to ignore my pleas for some 200ft. keeping a steady 5 or 10mph. He then stopped suddenly allowing me to fall off the side of the hood. Just as quickly as he stopped he violently accelerated again knocking me to the side. This time I managed to stay standing. The driver then sped off Northbound. At this point several witnesses came to my aid and reported his license plate.

via Gawker

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