Driver v. bicyclist dispute — road rage or inattentiveness?

Lawrence police handled a disturbance this week that, depending on whom you ask, sounds like it involved road rage on the part of the bicyclist or the driver. Or inattentiveness on the part of the bicyclist or the driver. Or maybe some of both?

“There are differing reports as to what exactly happened,” Officer Derrick Smith said in an email response to Journal-World inquiry.

Police were dispatched to the incident just after noon Monday near Fourth and Maine streets. According to Smith:

The bicycle rider said that a vehicle swerved in his direction as he was traveling in the bike lane and that this caused him to fall, sustaining minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle said the bicyclist was riding “in the middle of the street” and then came to a stop when the driver honked. The bicyclist proceeded to “hit his bicycle” against the side of the vehicle when the driver went to pass.

No one was arrested, Smith said. He said police have forwarded information to the district attorney’s office, which will decide if charges are warranted.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.


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