SANTA FE – A 63-year-old man riding with the Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes group was taken by ambulance to the hospital after a road rage incident southeast of Santa Fe on Thursday resulted in a car-bike collision.
A Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy’s report says the car driver, identified as 39-year-old man from Moriarty, was cited for a traffic violation. But online court records don’t show a case against the driver.
The report contains two accounts of what happened. At Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, the injured bicyclist told the deputy he was part of group of bikers heading south on N.M. 41 near U.S. 285 when the car driver sped past the bicyclists while honking his horn and that once the car passed, it stopped in the middle of the road and went into reverse. The rider said he was unable to avoid hitting the back of the car.
The car driver maintained he came upon a group of bicyclists riding in the middle of the road who wouldn’t let him pass. When he was able to get by, he heard the bikers yelling at him and saw several bicyclists “flipping him off,” according to the report.
The man said he lost his temper so he slammed on his brakes and reversed the car. He said he stopped just short of the group of riders and “felt what he determined was the impact of a bicyclist striking his vehicle,” the report says.
The man said he saw several bicyclists fall and said some of them began to yell profanities. He said one bicyclist opened his driver’s side door and appeared like he wanted to fight. The man said he drove away because he didn’t want to get into a physical confrontation. “The fleeing vehicle was later identified” and the driver was “escorted back to the scene,” the report says.
The rider was being treated by medics when deputies got to the scene. He complained of injuries to his back, shoulder and face. The report dated Thursday says the Moriarty man was cited for stopping or parking on a roadway and that a charge of “limitation on backing” was “pending.” The Journal is not publishing the car driver’s name pending a record of a charge in court.