In July 2008, two cyclists in the LA area suffered serious injuries after an LA ER physician exchanged words with the 2 riders during a July 4th ride. On a downhill section of road, the good doctor pulled ahead of the 2 riders and slammed on his brakes. One rider crashed and dislocated his shoulder and the other riders went through the car’s back window. This rider broke his nose that was almost sheered from his face that required over 90 stitches to repair. Both riders required corrective surgery after their accidents.
On November 4th, the jury found the good doctor guilty on all counts. Sentencing is still pending, but the doctor could face up to 7 years in prison.
This case should open the door to more road-rage cases in the future. These type of cases have been hard to prove and should set a precident.
You can read the entire trial and outcome from the following Velo News Link: