Bike camera captures drive-by hurl at cyclist
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A vehicle passenger was charged 8 months after he allegedly pelted a cyclist in the back with a pipe object. Cameras mounted on the cyclist's bike captured the incident, and helped police track down the suspect.
On October 31, 2014, husband and wife John and Joyce Adair were traveling south on Highway 69 in Tyler on their bicycles.
A pickup truck approached them on the road and without warning, an object flew from the truck, hitting Joyce in the back. The recovered object, an altered PVC pipe with a metal object inside, left Joyce bruised.
Lieutenant Gary Middleton with the Smith County Sheriff's office said detectives used the image of the vehicle's license plate to track down the registered owner. After several other interviews and witness information, the suspect was charged on June 11.
"We were able to write [the suspect] a ticket, which is a class C misdemeanor, assault by contact," said Middleton.
Middleton said the details of the case suggest that the incident was not provoked and that Joyce was a random target.
"How do you prevent something like this? I have no idea," said Middleton. "Luckily there was a video that has some pictures or we may have never found out who was actually involved in this."
Laurie Simpson at Simpson's Sports in Tyler said bike cameras are a hot item in their store.
"It not only makes you feel safe, but if something does happen, you have proof for your family," said Simpson.
Simpson said the demand for bike cameras has grown as the electronic device becomes less expensive. She has been a cyclist for 15 years, and hopes that as more drivers become aware that bikers have cameras, road rage incidents will decrease.
"I don't know if people think it's funny, but it could have scared [Joyce] so much that she could have gone over [the side of the road], and under [the suspect's] car," Simpson said.
Thankfully, Joyce maintained her composure after being hit, while her cameras captured the evidence.
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