Driver Pulled From Vehicle And Pinned To Ground After 'Bumping' Cyclist In Koreatown
A driver was pulled from the seat of his car by a group of bicyclists after he allegedly "bumped" one of the cyclists with his vehicle while traveling through a Koreatown intersection on Thursday night.
The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of 6th Street and Hobart Boulevard. LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman told LAist that about 50 or 60 cyclists were crossing the street on bikes. Not all of the cyclists made it across the intersection during the light, and when the light turned green for the other side of traffic, "a bicyclist decides he wants to get off and hold traffic," Eisenman said. "The right-of-way vehicles, one of them chose to go around [the cyclist] and bumps him—he did not strike him or anything. He bumped him, taps him," she continued. The bicyclist was not injured.
"At that point, another cyclist reaches through the window, batters the driver, and then they hold him until police get there," Eisenman continued.
"It was a case of one of the cars starting to inch toward the bikers," witness Brandon Pak told NBC 4. "One guy went over and said something. They got into an altercation, a shouting match." The man can be seen being pulled from the car and roughly pinned to the ground in the video, while shouts of "That's enough!" can be heard from the crowd.
"They didn't really beat him up, they just pinned him to the ground," Pak told NBC 4.
In a separate video uploaded by a Snapchat user to the app's map function, a woman sitting in a nearby car can be heard saying, "Holy s**t, this bike gang is attacking this car," as she films.
No arrests have been made, although a battery report and a traffic collision report were both taken at the scene, according to Eisenman.