Video: Cyclists struck by hit-and-run driver in Berkeley

Update, 1:44pm: The Berkeley Police are investigating the collision between a black car and two cyclists that occurred Wednesday April 25 at about 4:30 pm. Responding to a request for information from Berkeleyside, the police issued the following statement (which has been slightly modified):

On 4/25/12, at about 4:30 PM, two bicycle riders riding east on Tunnel Road were struck by a black vehicle driving east on Tunnel Road. The driver of the black vehicle did not stop after the collision, as required by law.

One of the riders had a camera mounted on his handlebars, and the collision was captured on video.

The riders, both of whom were wearing helmets, suffered from abrasions from the contact with the roadway, but did not require hospitalization for their injuries. A passerby called 9-1-1, and the riders were seen and treated by Oakland Fire. Their clothing and bicycles were significantly damaged as a result of the collision.

The riders reported the collision at the Berkeley Police Department Wednesday later that evening. Officers began their investigation of the incident. This investigation included review of the video, as well as action on a number of investigative leads.

Due to the ongoing, active nature of the investigation, we are not at this time able to share or confirm specific information regarding our efforts.

Finally, we note the video has had over 21,000 hits on YouTube as of this afternoon, along with over 175 comments. We are aware of information contained in some of the comments, and are following up appropriately. Please note that we will not be discussing specific information from these comments, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Original story: A somewhat mysterious video was published on YouTube yesterday showing a car hitting two cyclists who are riding up Tunnel Road in Berkeley.

The black car failed to stop after the collision and the cyclists, one of whom had a video mounted to the front of his bike, were thrown to the ground. Neither cyclist appears to have been seriously injured. The collision occurs around the 2:39 minute mark in the video above.

Several Berkeleyside readers alerted us to the existence of the video, which apparently is doing the rounds of the local cycling community. The cyclists are believed to be Brazilian.

Berkeleyside has made inquiries with the Berkeley Police for more information and will provide updates if we uncover more details.

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  • Pwll

    This does look deliberate, and frankly, except that they probably should have slowed down more before the right turn at the stop sign — I would have come to an almost complete stop before turning –  they were riding very carefully within the bike lanes, and single file except when they seemed to be consulting for a moment or two.  Most motorists, including me, don’t drive as carefully within the law.  Tell me, motorist, how often do you exceed the speed limit in town? 

  • Njhodgson

    You all are straining at a gnat (stop sign) and swallowing a camel (felony hit and run).
    This was clearly an outrageous and deliberate act.

  • Neverbeen

    Looks like the care turned up in oakland and was reported stolen:
    http://sfist.com/2012/04/27/berkeley_hit-run_vehicle_turns_up_i.php

  • serkes

    Thanks for the KTVU tip – just saw that they reported police arrested the 43 year old man who reported his car stolen.  So much for my speculation it was a newer driver.

    Ira

  • saimin

    KTVU News is reporting that the driver has been arrested for hit-and-run and a variety of other charges

  • Allison

    Yikes! So sorry this happened to you but it sounds like the policy might catch the bastard. Was it shot using a GoPro?

  • Roman

     Your opinion Guest, but not consistent with the use of such biased observation to excuse all sorts of prejudiced behavior against cyclists.  Your response indicates you are not a cyclist and/or do not ride enough to have been harassed by motorists but those of us who do ride that often have heard this before.  We hear it whenever a motorist is confronted for passing too closely, or driving in a bike lane, or cutting off a cyclist, or any of a large number of other ways motorists harass cyclist who are “in their way”.  Their first, and often only, response is that the cyclist rolled a stop sign or some other so called infraction.

    Never in these motorists complains will you hear them recognize that motorists run stop signs i.e., fail to come to a complete stop, far more often.  You’ll never hear a motorist even admit to their own rolling of stop signs much less that far great dangerous they pose when doing so compared to a bicyclist doing the same.  Never will you hear a motorist recognize that while 99% of the city’s roads have a dedicated lane for 4 cars (2 parked, 2 traveling) and as many for pedestrians less than 1% have any room reserved for cyclists.

    No matter how heinous the crime such motorists will never recognize the rights of cyclists.  Instead, like Carolyn, all they recognize are behaviors that everyone does, but because a minority is involved here, it is an excuse for excusing assault (in this case) or harassment (more often).  It _is_ hate speech because of the context.  It _is _hate speech because it is so often used to justify aggressive driving, it _is_ hate speech because it is such a common excuse for not providing bicycle accommodations on roads like Tunnel, and it _is_ hate speech because it is so often used by law enforcement as an excuse to ignore similarly aggressive driving where no injuries or property damage occurrs.

  • Puchito

    lolz

  • zidar

    Cyclists need to obey the traffic laws. That’s the point. In this case there is no direct connection. But the credibility of cycling is degraded by lawless attitudes and in the long run that is the connection. 

  • John Holland

    78% of motorists don’t stop at stop signs. It degrades the credibility of motorists, also.

    It cuts both ways… Doesn’t it?

  • Charlie

     WE cyclists are our own worst enemies. We demand to be treated like any other ‘vehicle’, yet most of us do not stop at stop signs. Happily cruise through red lights, go the wrong way on a one-way street – and get upset when someone says we should obey the law. No, there are not more of us. But, we are more visible when we do this. Our often flagrant disregard for the law only serves cars to treat us as fringe or insignificant.

    I’ve seen so many videos of bicyclist ‘road rage’ hitting cars, breaking off side mirrors. WE need to do what the laws call for, what is correct – not just what is convenient because “I’m on a bike.”

  • Goridabike

    The riders blew through a stop sign without even looking. Had they stopped as required by law, they might have been in a slightly different place and not hit by the car. Now, IF the driver was looking to run down some bike riders then they didn’t have a chance.

  • The Sharkey

    If this is a joke, it’s hilarious.
    If this is serious, it’s sad.

  • John Holland
  • John Holland

    “Charlie” wrote:

    We demand to be treated like any other ‘vehicle’, yet most of us do not stop at stop signs.

    But that’s what most vehicles do.

  • The Sharkey

    While I agree with your overall message, it is important to note that blowing through a stop sign at top speed (many cyclists) is different than slowing to one or two miles per hour before rolling through a stop sign. Both behaviors are wrong and should be discouraged, but if those cars had treated the stop sign the way cyclists sometimes do you would have filmed a half-dozen fatalities or more.

  • John Holland

    So, are you saying that you can run a stop sign responsibly, or you can run a stop sign irresponsibly?

    I agree with that completely.

    And I agree if someone runs a stop sign irresponsibly, they should be cited.

    But what are the criteria for running a stop sign safely, and not? And to another person’s point, why not make it a yield sign instead of a stop sign then?

  • The Sharkey

    No, I’m just saying that slowing down to a near-stop and barreling through a stop sign at full speed are different things.

    I understand that you want to lump them together and pretend they’re the same for the sake of argument, but they aren’t.

    I agree with your overall point, I’m just uncomfortable with your tone and the way you’re presenting the issue. You’re not going to win any hearts and minds the way you’re addressing this.

  • Tom Miller

    Bike lanes are not enough. How wonderful it would be if there were bike streets!