Cody Hayes, 28, was arrested on Saturday for aggravated battery after he reportedly hit a bicyclist on purpose last month in a fit of road rage.
Albert Johnson was biking home on Jan. 5. He was headed southbound on S. Dixie Highway when a large black pickup truck drove up behind him.
The cyclist said the driver began to blare his horn, possibly upset that Johnson was using the bicycle lane instead of the sidewalk. Johnson yelled at the driver asking what he was doing. Suddenly, Hayes swerved into Johnsons bicycle and knocked him to the ground. Hayes proceeded to get out of his vehicle and punch Johnson in the head.
When Johnsons friend tried to intervene, Hayes threatened him as well. After Johnson's friend told Hayes he was going to call the police, Hayes jumped back into his truck and fled the scene.
Surveillance video provided by Havana restaurant just at the corner of S. Dixie Highway and Forest Hill Boulevard captured the event. Witnesses also corroborated Johnsons story.
Florida is considered one of the worst states for bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2013, nearly 7,000 bicycle crashes were reported. Pedestrian and bicycling accidents increased between 2012 and 2013 in the Sunshine State. In fact, the number of bicyclist fatalities increased by more than 16 percent between 2012 and 2013.
At Gordon & Doner, we believe it is essential that drivers and cyclists learn to share the road. Obeying the rules of the road and learning to share them can help prevent accidents from happening.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless or enraged driver, we can help you determine what your legal options are and if you are entitled to file a personal injury claim.