LANCASTER – A road rage incident between a bicyclist and a motorist Tuesday night left one man with a shattered car window and another man in the hospital likely facing criminal charges, authorities said.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 4) on Avenue J near 10th Street West in Lancaster, according to Lancaster Station Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
“A motorist was driving east on J, and he comes across a guy on a bicycle who is in the middle of the road, so he swerved his car around this guy to keep from hitting him,” Rust said.
The driver then pulled into the Doublez Burgers parking lot to get something to eat, and the agitated bicyclist followed, Rust said.
The bicyclist began yelling at the driver as he approached the vehicle with his hand inside his backpack, Rust said.
“The driver thinks that he’s gonna get assaulted by this guy, so he’s got a little can of pepper spray on his keychain, and he sprays this guy,” Rust said. “At the same time, the guy removes a large chain and padlock out of his backpack and swings it at the car.”
The chain shattered the driver’s side window, and the driver panicked and took off for the Lancaster Station, with the chain and the padlock still in his vehicle, Rust said.
While the driver was at the Lancaster Station reporting the incident, a hit-and-run call came in regarding the bicyclist, Rust said.
“The guy on the bicycle is now claiming that the guy (driver) ran over him,” Rust said. “Apparently he hit the guy on his way out and didn’t realize it.”
Rust said the 28-year-old bicyclist was transported to the hospital with injuries. His condition was not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.
“More than likely there will be some assault charges being pressed against the bicyclist once he’s treated,” Rust said.
The 34-year-old driver was not charged in the incident, and suffered minor injuries from the glass of his broken window, Rust said.
The incident is still under investigation.