BMW driver and courier in fisticuffs

CTV reports on a fight between a bike courier and a BMW driver.

Driver pleads innocence. No one interviews the courier. Driver has a name: Azid Hamid. The courier has none.

Azid Hamid was driving his silver BMW on Queen near Church Street when a bicycle courier began yelling at him through his open window.

"He called me name and boom! Hit me without no reason," Hamid alleged.

But maybe it's not that simple; it rarely is.

Detectives told CTV Toronto that Hamid became stuck behind the courier at Queen Street East and Church Street, which is in the middle of a construction zone.

"The cyclist went out into the middle of the lane, which is the passing lane -- which he has a right to do because he is a vehicle on the roadway," said Const. Mike Wong of the Toronto Police Service.

"And the driver of the vehicle thought he was slowing him down or whatever reason. As a result, there was a dispute. And it just escalated from that point on."

It's nice that the cop understood the right of the cyclist to be in the middle and to suggest that perhaps that the driver was angered that the cyclist was slowing him down. What did the driver do next? Rev his engine? Honk? Bump the back wheel of the cyclist? All of these can be quite intimidating and aggressive.

Hamid said the bicyclist came up beside him and hit him in the face repeatedly. "So I hit him back."

The motorist kept driving for several blocks before parking his car and getting out through the passenger's side. That's when he started hitting the cyclist back. The bike courier fell to the ground, witnesses said.

Paramedics treated the cyclist for minor injuries.

Police were called but neither man wanted to press charges.

Funny that the cyclist needed to be treated for injuries but not the driver. Funny that even the driver didn't want to press charges. Maybe he didn't feel so innocent.

Comments

http://bicycling.com/blogs/roadrights/2009/09/16/when-worl...

Bryant makes Bicycling Magazine, and comes off badly. Great article from a poor (but high circulation) magazine.

As for this tool in the BMW, I've ridden and driven enough to know that he's guilty BECAUSE it's a BMW

Obviously this courier knows what happened to Darcy, why even risk the confrontation... the driver always wins that fight.

Stop and check if somebody will be a witness for you or maybe you have one of those video cameras, then call the police. By physically engaging the driver or their car you risk being charged and viewed as a contributor to the incident by police. Even something like tapping a mirror can result in criminal mischief charges if the shit hits the fan.

Of course, if the driver gets out and tries to assault you please defend yourself appropriately... you don't even have to wait for them to punch/push/kick you first if it's clear they're going to try and assault you.

Q: What is the difference between a porcupine and a BMW?
A: With a BMW the prick is on the inside!

Any car in downtown traffic isn't getting away from a cyclist - especially a courier. Throwing punches into an open window takes guts - but it's not going to get you anywhere fast. Just go to the nearest Police Station and report the incident (with: witness info. Lic#, description of the car & drier, etc..)

I have heard that if a driver revs his engine to threaten a cyclist or pedestrian, they can be charged with assault - can anyone verify this?

Here is a relevant excerpt from the Criminal Code - I am not sure if anyone has ever been convicted for the behaviour that you are describing, but I can see a charge being laid in the right circumstances.

Assault

265.(1) A person commits an assault when

(b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or

Whether or not this should actually be used in the circumstances that you are describing is another matter...

Laws written like this leave it open to interpretation for the cop. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not necessarily a good thing either.

unfortunately it seems that way. That when your on the road alot with a bike you start to see trends with car owners.
Very sad - but true.

More on the fear of cycling and the cyclist as "stranger" from a great essay series on Copenhagenize.