Baldwin City man claims he had no intent to harm bicyclist

A 48-year-old Baldwin City man charged with injuring a bicyclist last July testified Tuesday he didn’t intend to hurt anyone as he passed and yelled at a group of cyclists south of Lawrence.

Scott A. Young, 48, told jurors during his aggravated battery trial that he didn’t believe at the time he had struck cyclist Rob Wilshusen of Lawrence during an incident on July 15, 2010. But he said after hearing testimony in the case he believed Wilshusen fell after he had leaned into his truck as Young was passing him.

Prosecutors accuse Young of yelling obscenities at a group of riders traveling south of Broken Arrow Park, swerving over into their lane and striking Wilshusen, who suffered cuts to his shoulder, back and hip and a hematoma on his left hip.

But Young said he moved closer to the riders because he thought he was past them and was trying to avoid being on the left side of the road with a hill approaching.

Defense attorney Rick Frydman rested his case after Young’s testimony Tuesday. Attorneys are expected to give closing arguments at 9 a.m. today.