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A cyclist in Asheville was injured when a motorist got out of his vehicle and assaulted him at an intersection. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this road rage incident happened near the construction area on Sand Hill Road. Initial reports indicate that the cyclist was keeping with the pace of traffic prior to the incident. The driver, apparently frustrated that he was unable to pass the cyclist, got out of his truck at a stop light and attacked the cyclist. Claude Watson punched the cyclist in the face before retreating back into his pickup truck and taking off. Thankfully, the whole incident was caught on another vehicle’s dashboard camera.

Cyclist in Asheville Assaulted by Driver

Prior to the assault, the cyclist reported that the driver tried to pass him and came so close to him that he had to swerve his bicycle to keep from being run off of the roadway. Watson has since been arrested. He was charged with simple assault and reckless driving to endanger. Many people in the Asheville cyclist community are not surprised, and have faced similar situations on roadways around town.

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Last week, a teen cyclist was sideswiped by an SUV. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened as the teen was headed to the North Carolina Glass Center in the River Arts District. The teen reported that a tan SUV honked at him, and it startled him, so he moved over, thinking he was getting out of the large vehicle’s way. The SUV then moved into his space and sideswiped him, knocking him momentarily airborne and then onto the roadway. The teen was bruised, suffered from road rash and was obviously a little shaken up.

Asheville Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run

The driver of the SUV told the teen that he called the cops, but they said they didn’t need to come and that it was fine. The driver then shook the injured teen’s hand and left the scene. At the time, the teen took the driver for his word and didn’t know that the police should have and would have come to the scene if they were actually called. Days later, when he went to file a police report, he learned that the driver lied about calling the authorities. This was the second hit-and-run incident involving a cyclist in Asheville in the past couple of weeks.

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