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This makes me sick, I ride this road sometimes........(19 posts)

This makes me sick, I ride this road sometimes........african
Oct 25, 2002 5:51 AM
BELLEAIR BEACH -- Cyclist Craig Lester was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 39-year-old Clearwater man was hit by a car while riding his bicycle Wednesday evening, police said, the victim of ignorant behavior and mistaken identity.

Shortly before Lester was struck, retired triathlete Martin Kehoe, 46, of Largo, was riding his bicycle north on Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach at 5 p.m. Wednesday, following the same route he's been riding for 15 years.

A 1994 Saturn with four men inside pulled up behind him, he said. Kehoe said one man in the back seat stuck out his arm and shoved Kehoe. Then the men laughed and yelled profanities and comments about the bright red biking shoes Kehoe was wearing, he said.

Kehoe yelled back, but the car drove off into traffic and Kehoe kept riding north toward Belleair Beach. He saw the Saturn stopped at a Chevron gas station and decided he had to confront the men in the car.

"One of the guys came out of the station and started yelling at me," he said. "Then the driver came out and got really aggressive with me. That's when I started to dial 911."

He said they threatened him as he called 911, so he jumped back on his bike and drove to the Belleair Beach police station.

After he reported the incident, he hopped back on his bike and continued riding north. Ahead of him, he saw an ambulance, a wrecked bike and a biker lying on the ground.

The injured biker was Lester, who was wearing the same color biking gear as Kehoe. The men in the Saturn saw him riding and swerved the car toward him, knocking him off his bike and driving away, Detective Michael Stephens said. One of the car's side mirrors snapped off from the collision's impact.

Witnesses told police the license tag number and said the car had a sticker in the back window that said "Bad boy."

Joseph John Barnes, 22, of Largo, was arrested at his parents' home at 5:53 p.m. on charges of aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, Stephens said. Barnes allegedly is the driver of the Saturn that struck Lester, he said.

Barnes has been employed by Gators Waterfront Cafe and Saloon in Treasure Island for six months, Gators secretary Diana Blanchard said. Stephens said Barnes and three friends had left the restaurant shortly before they saw Kehoe, who told police that he did not know any of the men in the car.

Lester was taken to Largo Medical Center, where he was treated and released. He was severely bruised but suffered no other injuries.

Article from St. Pete Times.
-- Abbie VanSickle can be reached at 445-4224 or vansickle@sptimes.com .
aggravated battery? what the hell is that?gregario
Oct 25, 2002 6:07 AM
any police or lawyers in here? Why not attempted murder? Just how serious a charge is aggravated battery?
It's a felony in many states (nm)irregardless
Oct 25, 2002 6:16 AM
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This is what the FL Criminal Code says it is....BrianNYC
Oct 25, 2002 6:18 AM
784.045 Aggravated battery.--

(1)(a) A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery:

1. Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or

2. Uses a deadly weapon.

(b) A person commits aggravated battery if the person who was the victim of the battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant.

(2) Whoever commits aggravated battery shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

It is a pretty serious charge.
I think he ought to "ride" a mile in our shoes.MXL02
Oct 25, 2002 6:34 AM
I think an appropriate punishment would be for Barnes and his buds to wear this outfit and ride the same street during rush hour for a year.
Are you still doing HOU to SAT this weekend?Dave Hickey
Oct 25, 2002 6:37 AM
It's going to be real wet.
Nope-see thread above.MXL02
Oct 25, 2002 6:48 AM
Looks like another weekend watching the world series and football from my rollers. (Sigh)
African, I Wish.....jromack
Oct 25, 2002 7:05 AM
You and I could meet Mr. Barnes at his place of work tonight and have a little "talk" with him about cycling safety.

But I would probably get angry and do something I would regret.

I hope Mr. Lester sues him, although he sounds like a young punk with no assets.
African, I Wish.....No_sprint
Oct 25, 2002 7:16 AM
I agree. Sue him. It don't matter if he doesn't have any assets. Get a judgement on him and haunt him til his dying day by taking a chunk of any future paycheck. Unfortunately they'll be small because he'll have to write that he was convicted of a felony on any future Taco Bell job application.
You might laugh, butsn69
Oct 25, 2002 7:30 AM
I went to high school in St Pete--lived in Treasure Island in fact. Back then it was a very economically depressed area and this type of aggression was not uncommon. Everyone was always looking for a fight, or a sixer of Hamm's, or more weed. Weird place....
It's STIIL That Wayjromack
Oct 25, 2002 7:48 AM
US19 is easily one of the worst roads in the USA to drive on, everything from elderly drivers with limited vision/reaction time, to rude kids in lowered cars to agressive driving transplants.

I do most of my long distance bike riding on the Suncoast Parkway to avoid cars altogether.

I had a carload of punks lean out the window and hit me a few months ago. I did not go down, but did get a bruised arm.

Even with a tag number and description, the police yawned at me.

Pretty funy how these morons do their stunts in a car with a license plate on it. Too easy to identify.

Did you notice the kid still ives at home with his parents at 22, and still behaves like a high school punk...LOSER!
Good lord!sn69
Oct 25, 2002 7:55 AM
US19 is still AFUed?! Back in 85 that was a construction nightmare. Probably the same contractor still milkin' it for $.

Yup...that's the behavior I remember from Boca Ciega HS. ...And Dixie, St Pete HS and the rest of them. Living at home at 22 was the norm for a lot of my peer group. A few went to college, a few joined the military, a few went to SPJC and eventually went to college, but most got jobs working at Ponderosa or the TI Fun Center (if it's still there) for minimum wage. Like I said, it was wierd.

How, I wonder, has that place given birth to the SP Mad Dog tri team (who are terrific) and the St Anthony's tri (essentially the US pro season opener)?

Maybe I should come visit and we can hang out at John's Pass and drink Schlitz.

=)
Scott
More Constructionjromack
Oct 25, 2002 8:15 AM
It is STILL under even more construction.

Come on down, today it is the mid 80s!

The area is congested with a lot of losers who make their way down here for whatever reason.
Do the sea turtles still cross the roadsn69
Oct 25, 2002 8:19 AM
in TI by Robbie's Pancake House once a year? And, more importantly, is Bogie still painted "hangover pee yellow?"
It's STIIL That Wayjromack
Oct 25, 2002 7:49 AM
US19 is easily one of the worst roads in the USA to drive on, everything from elderly drivers with limited vision/reaction time, to rude kids in lowered cars to agressive driving transplants.

I do most of my long distance bike riding on the Suncoast Parkway to avoid cars altogether.

I had a carload of punks lean out the window and hit me a few months ago. I did not go down, but did get a bruised arm.

Even with a tag number and description, the police yawned at me.

Pretty funy how these morons do their stunts in a car with a license plate on it. Too easy to identify.

Did you notice the kid still lives at home with his parents at 22, and still behaves like a high school punk...LOSER!
Lessons from thiskenyee
Oct 25, 2002 9:57 AM
- you should always report incidents of aggression

- cops should pay more attention to reports of aggression like this

- you should avoid raising the level of aggression because they might harm someone else who "looks like" you and you'll have indirectly caused that person to be attacked

Hope the biker heals quickly and the driver gets the felony charge stuck on his record as he deserves....
re: This makes me sick, I ride this road sometimes........Miklos
Oct 25, 2002 11:44 AM
That is horrible!

But one thing it does show us is that the actions of some cyclists can affect others. One cyclist would still be alive today if another had just swallowed his pride and not confronted the kids in the car. Take it straight to the police, but why fight and argue with someone that is armed with the most dangerous weapon on the face of the earth.

I will always swallow my pride, it just isn't worth what CAN happen.
re: This makes me sick, I ride this road sometimes........aliensporebomb
Oct 25, 2002 12:32 PM
Horrible. There are no words. I feel badly for the guy
who was hit. And the initial guy who was hassled.

I recently read a weird locally published book that said
if someone yells at you or asks like a jerk, instead of
yelling at them, CONFUSE THE CRAP out of them by going
"Hey! Pat!" [a unisex name] and wave like mad like you
KNOW them.

Not only will their slow brains and confused intellect
wonder at great length if you ACTUALLY DO (or did) know
them but they will go "crap, next time I see this guy
they'll be all over me for that stunt."

I haven't tried it, but it would seem to be better than
escalating the situation. Try it!
LOL, that's a good one. I'll remember it... nmNo_sprint
Oct 25, 2002 12:34 PM