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Driver reportedly aimed for cyclists, runners on Great Northern

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 28, 2014

An aggressive driver ran several cyclists and pedestrians off of Great Northern Boulevard on Saturday.

The incident occurred at about 5:20 p.m., when a white, newer model Dodge Challenger or Charger with a black section on its hood made three passes down the street, swerving across the center lane of the road and into the bike lane toward riders and pedestrians, witnesses said.

Matt Tynan, an attorney who often works with injured bicyclists, was bicycling along Great Northern when the incident occurred. He’d just ridden under the Far West overpass when he heard an engine revving behind him.

“I moved over and looked over my shoulder,” Tynan said. “He came into the lane at me. He got just past me, locked up the brakes and skidded. There was a woman coming the other direction, and he floored it again, fishtailed and came right at her.”

One cyclist, who was pulling his son in a trailer, went down. Another woman, who was pushing her special needs son in a jogging stroller, had to leap out of the way. Other riders and runners reportedly rode into the brush to get out of the way.

The car then sped into neighborhood, Tynan said.

An Austin Police Department detective is investigating the incident. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police and reference APD Case #14-5018938.

“It’s a very active community, a very safe neighborhood to exercise in,” Tynan said. “It was terrifying, absolutely terrifying.”