Last Friday morning, a cyclist assaulted a driver with a screwdriver, stabbing him in the neck.
Police say the incident began about 9:45 a.m., when the driver of a Ford Escape was making a left turn onto College Street from La Plante Avenue. An eastbound car stopped to let him go, but the turning driver had to wait for westbound traffic to ease up, Detective Trevor Searles said.
While he was stopped, a cyclist heading east got upset the driver was blocking part of his lane, Det. Searles said. The two men argued briefly, and the driver finished making his left turn.
Police say when the driver got to McCaul Street, the cyclist, who had followed him, stopped his bike in front of the Escape and approached the driver’s side window.
“Words are exchanged, a bit of an argument, and basically the victim says, ‘We’ll let the police settle it. I’ll call 911.’ So when he reaches for his phone to call 911, that’s when he’s stabbed by the suspect,” Det. Searles said. “It seems like our weapon was possibly an Allen key or a screwdriver.”
There have been posts and comments on other websites about this assault that make reference to the fact that drivers put cyclists at risk all the time on Toronto’s roads, and the tone of the writing sounds like they are partially justifying what the cyclist (whether it was a courier or a homeless person, or whomever) did.
It is NEVER okay to assault another person. Not with a weapon, not with a car, and not with words. I find it sickening that any cyclist who wants more peace and respect on the roads for all road users would ever even partially justify any kind of violence – whether it is stabbing someone with a screwdriver, slashing car tires, or “keying” a car.
[photo credit: National Post]