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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Police Hunt for SUV Driver Who Hit Four Cyclists

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 7:15 AM

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A man witnesses claim swerved and drove on the wrong side of the road in a deliberate effort to run down four bicycle riders last night is still on the loose.

The motorist of a blue Nissan Rogue struck four cyclists over a five-minute period in Mission and Potrero Hill before crashing the car at 17th and Missouri and fleeing on foot. KTVU-TV is reporting the white male left a wallet behind in the SUV -- containing an ID. It is unclear if the ID, or the vehicle, belongs to the suspect.

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Lyn Tomioka told SF Weekly that the driver would not be charged with "hit-and-run" but the more serious "aggravated assault," as he appeared to be targeting his victims.

In other odd news of the violently bicycle--obsessed, 67-year-old Michael Vandeman has been charged with attacking cyclists with tools as they rode by him on fire trails in the Berkeley hills.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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