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Woodside Blotter: Cyclists Attack Car in 'Road Rage' Incident

Incidents from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office blotters in Woodside, from Jan. 16-26. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Jan. 16, 2013 2:57 p.m. - Grand Theft: Unknown suspects entered the victim's unlocked vehicle, parked near Woodside and Moore,  and stole his GPS unit receiver, valued at approximately $8,000. No suspect info or witnesses.

Jan. 16, 2013 5:16 p.m. - Burglary: Occurred near Highway 280 and Woodside Road. Unknown suspects smashed a locked vehicle's window and stole a locked box as well as several tools in the truck. Total loss valued at approximately $3,000. No witnesses or suspect info.

Jan. 26, 2013 10:18 a.m. - Identity Theft/Fraud: An unknown suspect stole the identity of a victim who lives in the 600 block of Glencrag Way and opened numerous credit accounts without his knowledge or permission. In all, six accounts were used at numerous retailers in McDonough, Ga. Total loss was around $4,000. No suspect leads at this time.

*Jan. 26, 2013 10:35 a.m. - Vandalism: A driver said that, while stopped at a stop sign at Cañada and Woodside roads, a group of cyclists he had just passed on the road about 50 feet earlier surrounded his car, punching and kicking the doors, mirrors and windows. Deputies searched the area for the cyclists with negative results.

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Buck Shaw February 06, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Like a bunch of monkeys the cyclists took advantage of there numbers and overwellmed the motorist. As a sterotype the Cyclists are susposed to be share the road "Peace Man" obay the law. Stop at every stop sign. Cool people! Don't they preach take a deep breath enjoy life be nice to the Global scene and laid back. Regardless of what transpired they were the agressors and shame on them.
Barb Valley February 06, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Well, of course they got away before Deputies arrived, most cyclists don't pay attention to speed limits or stop signs.
Steve Hayes February 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Sure there are reckless cyclists, but I have seen more bad drivers. Of course it is not a good idea to vandalize a car but there must be much more to this story - what did the driver actually do?
Aaron February 06, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Actually, buck, what transpired is an idiot driver put the lives of some 100+ people in danger.. then he got out of the car and started threateing people the with a tire iron. A couple of "Alpha Male" types took the tire iron out of his hands and smashed up his truck with it. http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=12985 This story says that the Deputy searched the area near the intersection of woodside and canada road but couldn't find any cyclists... A blind man could find cyclists near the intersection of woodside and canada... The deputy talked to a couple folks... discovered what really transpired... and then went to tell the driver of the truck "sorry sir, looks like they got away" about 100 people witnessed the incident, and afterwards nobody seemed to know exactly who it was that did any vandaism. Find that a hard pill to swallow? In case you don't know the law.. it's 3 feet or more when passing a cyclist, you can kick an scream "monkey lawbreaking cyclists" all you want ... but let it be a lesson to you all... respect cyclists on the road or get your car smashed up. cops wont find the perp, and your cutrate insurance doesn't protect you from this kind of mayhem.
Aaron February 06, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Some additional from discussions on Facebook -- the police blotter report is from the motorist filed with police. A couple of cyclists called afterwards and were told by police that (a) they were skeptical of the motorist's report and (b) cyclists rarely call about motorist aggression like they report. The driver is a slightly built man, about 130 / 140 lbs who lives in the Woodside area. He's known to the neighbors and has apparently driven aggressively around cyclists before.
Aaron February 06, 2013 at 08:51 PM
the many witnesses report a silver or gray Dodge Ram full size diesel pickup truck, California plate 6H69898, who was running cyclists off of the road, brake checking riders he passed, and intentionally spewing diesel soot as he passed riders, then running stop signs to get away from them. After passing one group of cyclists, he apparently got out of his truck to try to start something, but he looked at the odds of 50 vs 1, got back in his truck and sped off. Woodside is thick with recreational road cyclists, especially on beautiful weekend days such as last Saturday. Conflicts with motorists who dislike the traffic congestion caused by anything other than more cars and trucks is frequent. In that large of a group, surely somebody had video running of one of these encounters?
Reality Check February 06, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Think about this! People, especially serious bicyclists out on a group training ride, are not out looking for hapless motorists (or anyone else) to attack en masse. Such incidents are extremely rare even though there are undoubtedly tons of motorists and many of those same bicyclists sharing the road amicably every day of the week. And of course, now it comes out in some other local papers that this truck driver went out of his way to dangerously harass the bicyclists with his truck as he earlier passed them. Then, when much to his surprise, a group of them riding ~30 mph were able to catch up to him at the Woodside & Cañada Road stop sign, this clown expects the cops and the world at large to believe that he "cannot think of" why these bicyclists singled poor old insecure macho him out for what he tries to portray as an unprovoked attack. There was even a letter to editor from a woman who believes she may have been harassed by the same truck driver in that area in the past.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Wow. Thanks for the link to the additional details Aaron. The Sheriff's report did not mention any of those details.
Aaron February 07, 2013 at 01:11 AM
http://santacruz.patch.com/articles/chp-looking-for-1999-2004-dodge-ram-in-hit-and-run-of-highway-1-bicyclist If I was sheriff... I wouldn't bother to interview the driver about the incident on the 26th... rather I would be going through his bank and phone records to see where he was in May of 2012. Perhaps the owner has had a chance to wash the blood off his car and fix the headlight ... but if the driver of the truck could be placed on the road at that time ... well ... he sure has demonstrated animosity towards cyclists.
Aaron February 07, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Much of this I can't confirm.. am just trying to figure out based on what is coming through on a yahoo group. The Information is starting to break apart and few people answer "I was there and saw it" when asked how they know. a post on woodside nextdoor is making the driver out to be a teenage girl apparently ... even though a bunch of eyewitnesses said a man got out of the vehicle and tried to start a fight. and ... here is an interesting comment on the thread. BTW: I was "buzzed" by this truck while out riding on Canada Rd today (Friday afternoon.) The truck turned off & parked on Romero Rd, just off of Canada Rd, about a block North of Woodside Rd. Looks to be a local. makes me want to find the driver and question him/her.
Aaron February 10, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I am redacting the statement about the tire iron. I can not find a credible witness to confirm. Multiple witnesses confirm the following. Late model Dodge Ram Diesel With extended mirrors for hauling, license plate 6H69898 Passed Multiple cyclists at speeds estimated to be in excess of 60 MPH within 3 ft. Aggressively encroached cyclists at two stop signs, intentionally spewing diesel exhaust and burning tires. Swerved towards second group of cyclists after exchanging profanities with group he had just passed. These riders demounted their bikes and ran towards the shoulder in fear. Was Blockaded at woodside and canada rd by group of half dozen cyclists who pounded on his hood, mirrors, and windows. driver exits the vehicle briefly, presumably to start a fight, but gets back in. Driver then, runs his truck through the group attempting to bar his escape. was possibly accompanied by 2 other female passengers.

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