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5 cyclists hurt, 2 motorists held
in dust-up on Century Ride

By Star- Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 05:17 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2014


A confrontation between a 22-year-old driver and participants in a bicycle North Shore bicycling event on Sunday resulted in the arrest of the driver and his passenger, injuries to five people, and one smashed bicycle.

Chad Taniguchi, executive director of the Hawaii Bicylcling League, said the incident started when the two men in the car began arguing with cyclists participating in the league's Haleiwa Metric Century Ride. According to Taniguchi, the driver knocked down three cyclists and ran over one bicycle with his vehicle.

Taniguchi was passing by in a support vehicle and witnessed the confrontation. He and another race officer attempted to intervene but were assaulted by the driver, Taniguchi said.

"He was very aggressive and threatening and we just tried to calm the situation down," Taniguchi said.

Taniguchi said he believed the driver and his passenger were drinking in the car and said that he witnessed one of the men tossing a bottle of alcohol out of the vehicle before police arrived.

Police arrested the driver on suspicion of two counts of third-degree assault. He was released on $1,000 bail.

The 23-year-old male passenger was also arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault but released without charges.

About 900 people participated in the race.





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fat_dad wrote:
stay classy bradahs
on April 27,2014 | 09:55PM
honokai wrote:
The guys training on the bikes are bradahs. The guys drinking in the car and scrapping are losers.
on April 28,2014 | 05:41AM
SteveToo wrote:
Bicycles should face traffic no matter what the law says...That way you never get hit from behind and you have a chance to get out of the way if you see the car coming for you
on April 27,2014 | 10:11PM
copperwire9 wrote:
People who do that put automobile drivers in a very dangerous situation of having to choose whom to dodge - the bicyclist coming at them on one side, or the passing cars/trucks on the other. It's riskier, far riskier, than going with the traffic, as the law requires.
on April 27,2014 | 11:02PM
environmental_lady wrote:
What, only a thousand dollar bail for assaulting cyclists and injuring the organizer? This is ridiculous! SteveToo is also ridiculous for suggesting cyclists to go against traffic. There are laws for a reason.
on April 27,2014 | 10:24PM
Dimbulb wrote:
The cyclists must have been haole.
on April 28,2014 | 03:25AM
silvangold wrote:
no, not!
on April 28,2014 | 10:51AM
den wrote:
participants in a "bicycle" North Shore "bicycling" event...so redundant. also glad no one got killed.
on April 27,2014 | 11:17PM
BEERGOD wrote:
No one can say who's to blame either way. Lesson for motorists: Watch out for cyclists. Lesson for cyclist: Stay well to the side of traffic lanes. If you do ride into a lane, obey traffic laws. Remember, on the road, you're a part of the rule. Not the exception.
on April 27,2014 | 11:39PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Doesn't really matter who's "to blame". What matters is how it was handled. And obviously this loser operating a vehicle is immature and cannot handle his vice. And a $1000 bail for what he did? LOL. This state is a joke, no wonder many don't respect the laws/law enforcers.
on April 27,2014 | 11:48PM
OPGLAW wrote:
meathead drivers
on April 28,2014 | 01:32AM
OPGLAW wrote:
the reason its bad for cyclists to ride facing traffic instead of with traffic is because if a car is turning right onto a road they look back for oncoming traffic... not to the right where a cyclist riding the wrong way would be located. So a cyclist riding against traffic is dangerous. Also, according to stats, being creamed from behind by a car while cycling with traffic is low probability.
on April 28,2014 | 04:57AM
Roosevelt wrote:
My guess: no alcohol test was given to the driver
on April 28,2014 | 06:21AM
glam99 wrote:
Outrageous and just a slap on the wrist, $1,000 bail for 3rd degree assault which is a misdemeanor. What about criminal property damage for the damaged bicycle? The driver should be sent to drivers education/anger management, his license should be suspended or revoked and he should be made to do community service promoting bicycle safety.
on April 28,2014 | 08:05AM
Talin2 wrote:
This year's Haleiwa ride was a little more difficult for riders because of the wet conditions. Cyclist constantly needed to avoid puddles, wet gravel and mud to keep from having an accident. Cyclist sometimes had to move into the traffic lane to avoid these hazards. The majority of riders try to do this in a safe manner. This might upset some drivers because they need to slow down. Drivers need to understand that a bicyclist taking a lane is allowed under the law, when driving close to the right hand side of the lane is unsafe. Most of the Haleiwa ride on Kam Hwy is only two lanes, so a bicycle taking a lane leaves few options for automobile driver except to slow down. Bicyclist if a driver slows for you give them a little wave of thanks, it goes a long way for all of us sharing the road.
on April 28,2014 | 09:12AM
regino23 wrote:
I was on the ride yesterday and experienced a bunched of idiot drivers. From getting the finger and insults to someone throwing firecrackers at me. I wonder if this guy was the one driving the POS Toyota corolla or the one in the Hummer H2. As a community, Kahuku seem to really hate cyclist. I've never encountered so many @$$hole drivers in one area before. It almost seems that that they were waiting and organized for us.
on April 28,2014 | 11:20AM
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