Shocking video taken on the West Side Highway near 24th Street shows a maroon Dodge Challenger accelerate from a standstill and deliberately ram a man standing on the road holding his bicycle, pushing him several yards down the road.
Liz Gonzales, a writer for the Web site Barstool Sports, shot the video last Thursday after the driver sped through a red light, nearly striking the bicyclist as well as Gonzales herself, who was crossing the road legally. When confronted, the driver snatched the bicyclist’s cell phone out of his hands, then tried to run him over when he refused to leave without getting it back.
When the police arrived, Gonzales wrote, “They pretty much just showed up to clear up the traffic jam and let the muscle car bruh drive off . . . No tickets. No arrest.” An NYPD spokesman contradicted Gonzales’ account and additional video evidence, claiming that the driver wasn’t arrested only because he left before police could respond.
The NYPD’s leniency spurred speculation that the driver may have himself been a cop or “cop-adjacent,” and that police may have let him go upon seeing a parking placard for city employees on his windshield.
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