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Rear Facing Camera Catches Driver (Deliberately?) Hit Cyclist

This one is hard to watch. Earlier this week a rider in Bullard Texas cycling on a very wide shoulder to the right of the white line was seemingly deliberately hit by a passing pickup truck. The Ford F150 pickup driven by 52-year-old Samuel Vercher clearly veers towards the cyclist as it approaches. Maybe it isn’t malice and the driver just can’t keep his giant truck in his lane and should be disqualified from driving, but I wouldn’t give this guy that much credit from my look at the video. It only takes one asshole using their vehicle as a weapon to change your family forever.

Read the local coverage of the incident at the Tyler Morning Telegraph that identifies the driver and has this quote from the Bullard Police Chief Gary Don Lewis, “We don’t know how close to the line the cyclist was traveling, but I must make it clear that the bike was not struck, it was the vehicle’s mirror that struck the cyclist. He (Vercher) was very upset that he hit the cyclist he says he never saw.”

I’d be willing to bet that nothing comes of this after the police wrap up their investigation, as the driver is using the old “I didn’t see him” excuse, which in my experience gives drivers the freedom to run over anyone they want without fear of repercussions.

Read our feature story HD Witness in Urban Velo #40 about the growing number of people using cameras to document malicious and inattentive drivers.

12 Comments

  1. MazdacozmoJuly 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    If you look at the 26 second mark in the video you see the truck about 6 inches from the bike. He was lucky to only be hit by the mirror. Plus the mirrors on a Ford super duty are huge

  2. UrbanJuly 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Absolutely horrendous, intentionally or not, the driver MUST SERVE TIME BEHIND BARS

  3. KJuly 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Dreadful – attempted murder surely.
    The driver and his family should be made to watch this video and then explain to the victim’s family how this could be seen as acceptable.

  4. jayJuly 20, 2014 at 12:34 am

    What is amazing, is how long the cyclist is down before anyone helps them. There is a fair amount of vehicles just passing by. That’s pathetic.

  5. CJJuly 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Never saw the rider? Must be blind, should not be licensed!
    He can’t even keep the car on the road as you can clearly see his tyres cross over the line out of the lane.

  6. Greg NunnellyJuly 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I think it is pretty clear that the cyclist was hit. Are the mirrors not attached to the truck? from the video did the truck not cross over into the lane the cyclist was in?
    whether you are clipped by a mirror, or hit by a bumper it is still being struck by a vehicle.
    people need to stop making excuses, and accept responsibility.
    if you’re out driving on the highway and you cross into another lane and you hit another car they’re going to go find you and hold you accountable. why should it be any different if you hit something and leave a human laying on the highway?

  7. Kim F.July 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I put a cam on the back of my bike over a month ago. I’ll turn any video over to the cops for anyone harassing me.

  8. robpatrickJuly 21, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Lets get the driver and the police officer who stated ‘but I must make it clear that the bike was not struck, it was the vehicle’s mirror that struck the cyclist’ to stand by the side of the road while they are hit by the vehicles mirror at the same speed.

    “He (Vercher) was very upset that he hit the cyclist he says he never saw.” – WTF? Not only has this idiot nearly killed someone but they are claiming to be the victim in some weird way.

    Samuel Vercher at the very least should lose his license. Really he should be locked up otherwise how is this disregard for other road users ever going to change?

  9. L. M. LloydJuly 21, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Biked around Texas on and off for almost 20 years. This video, sadly, seems about par for the course. I’ve biked around London, Tokyo, LA, SF, Houston and Austin. In 30 years of cycling, I’ve been hit by 6 cars. Five of those were in Texas. I even had one group of fine southern gentleman stop their jeep, after I jumped a curb to avoid their ramming attack, and get out to beat me up, since they were so angry about failing to have hit me. It’s a charming place to ride a bike indeed.

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  11. JAllenJuly 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

    This is so sad to see but this sort of publicity is exactly what’s needed to shed light on this issue. These ghastly events would very well be headline news if it were pedestrians being mowed down like this. As someone who is deeply in love with cycling but also drives for a living, (commercial trucks) I tend to see an unsettling stupidity of driver actions. It truly isn’t that hard to maintain a lane if people just took up a more calmed and defensive driving culture. Although I am thinking that this is indeed an act of malice, and if that is the case, then I fear what this individual and others like him could do at any given moment. To act with such impunity is truly frightening and even more so when the very system of justice in which we hold dear in this nation is confused on the matter at best. I’d say even lackadaisical.

  12. ScottJuly 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I’m glad you posted this Brad…I was going to as well, but wasn’t sure if it was going to be constructive in anyway. It really disturbed me to watch…but now I’m even more disturbed at the comments made after the fact.

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