For anyone who has navigated around Boston, seeing a bicyclist run a red light or a stop sign is no big deal—it happens all the time. But on Thursday, one rider claims a driver reacted violently.
WCVB reported that Hao Nguyen told police he was at a red light at the intersection of Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue on Tuesday when the car behind him started honking.
Nguyen claims he told the driver, who has since been identified as Javier Rodriguez, that there was a red light, at which point Rodriguez allegedly got out of his car and punched Nguyen in the face. Nguyen claims that’s where his memory goes blank.
The report said he was found seated on a nearby curb bleeding from his mouth. Police responded to the scene and Nguyen was taken to a nearby hospital.
But this case may not be as straightforward as it seems. According to Rodriguez, things went differently. According to the WHDH report, Rodriguez said Nguyen slammed on the breaks, nearly causing the driver to rear end the bicyclist. When Rodriguez said something about it, he claims Nguyen threw down his bike, started shouting, and began walking toward the car as though he wanted to fight. That is when Rodriguez threw the punch.
Police are investigating the matter, but according to the reports, both sides claim they have witnesses who saw the incident as they describe it. Nguyen told WHDH that he intends to press charges.You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me @dougsaffir