A cyclist told police that an unknown woman wearing a Bob Marley shirt in a silver BMW injured his nose with her car door after a road rage incident in a convenience store parking lot in Nicholson last week
The cyclist said he was attempting to make a left turn out of the parking lot using all the proper signals to alert other motorists of his turn, when a silver BMW tried to leave the driveway of the parking lot almost hitting him, a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office incident report states.
The complainant said aloud, “You’re lucky that you didn’t hit me,” to which the female driver of the BMW allegedly said something along the lines of… “get out of the (expletive) way” and drove off.
The complainant stayed in the parking, leaning his bicycle along the outside wall at the front of the business. He said the silver BMW left, but then returned several moments later. The driver rolled down the window and then said, “Let me tell you something, you bicyclists need to have respect for other people on the road.”
The complainant said that in response that he walked up to her car, explaining to her that by law, he has every right to ride his bike and that he knows the laws on such and he was following them at the same time, the report states. He said that he was leaning on her door and he was telling her to read the laws on bicycles when she opened her car door abruptly, causing it to hit the complainant on the nose.
The deputy taking the report wrote that the complainant’s nose “was beginning to swell and turn purple on the bridge of his nose and around his right eye.”
The female left the scene heading toward Jefferson on Brockton Road. She was described as approximately 45-50 years of age with blond hair.
The complainant took down her tag number and the deputy traced it to a 2002 silver BMW returning to a Banks County woman. The deputy notified Jefferson and Commerce police departments to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
The complainant additionally requested an ambulance fearing his nose may be broken, but after it arrived, he refused treatment and called for a family member to drive him home.
For all of the Jackson County Sheriff's office incidents, see the Feb. 13 issue of The Commerce News.