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Bicyclist Shoves 70-Year-Old Man Into Traffic

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File photo of a city bike lane. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of a city bike lane. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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(CBS Seattle) — A bicyclist shoved a 70-year-old man into oncoming traffic Friday morning in Bellingham, the Bellingham Herald reported. The man almost got run over by an SUV.

The driver of the SUV, Steve Hicks, told the Herald he saw the bicyclist approach the man from behind, then push him into the street.  “I was thinking I should chase down the bike,” Hicks told the Herald, “but I was calling 911 for medics.” The elderly man hit his head when he fell to the pavement and may have blacked out for a moment.

The victim was taken to the hospital and did not appear to have any broken bones or fractures. The man told police he had seen a cyclist riding on the sidewalk and suggested that person should be in the bike lane instead. The victim couldn’t tell police for sure if the rider he saw on the sidewalk and his attacker were the same person.

Bellingham police searched the area for the suspect, who was said to be riding a Diamondback mountain bike with red trim and fenders. According to the Herald, at least one witness took a picture of the suspect, but those pictures had not been released to the media as of Friday afternoon.

Watch the Bellingham Herald’s interview with the SUV driver here.

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