On Thursday afternoon, Jeffrey Ray Adams had an argument with a cyclist while traveling south on Barnard Way. As the situation was escalated by the driver who allegedly repeatedly swerved in front of the cyclist and hit the brakes abruptly, the driver then
“Intentionally struck the victim with the side of his vehicle, knocking the victim off his bicycle, and causing the victim to be injured.”
The driver can be heard threatening one of the witnesses in the YouTube clip:
“I’ll beat your ass. You’re lucky that you’re alive right now.”
Forty five seconds into the video, you can hear a nearby witness state “Your car is on the wrong side of the road, buddy”, referring to its front end crossing the double yellow line of the turning lane. Motorist’s response –“He ran into me”. We will post more information as it surfaces, but for now, it seems like another clear-cut case of Dr. Christopher Thompson road rage.
The motorist allegedly violated quite a few traffic laws (blowing through a stop sign, crossing a double yellow line, and driving against traffic) in order to position himself to strike the cyclist.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department report, he was booked for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, but later released on $30,000 bail. Assuming a bail bond company was involved, he only had to post 10% of that amount, which is a mere $3,000.