Motorist harasses cyclist on Natchez Trace - - Jackson, MS

Motorist harasses cyclist on Natchez Trace

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Startling video is discovered of a cyclist being harassed on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

A motorist deliberately speeds past the biker, then spews a cloud of dark smoke from the vehicle. The culprits record their potentially dangerous antics.

The Natchez Trace is a scenic ride for bikers and the City of Ridgeland is big on bike trails. But clearly some motorists couldn't care less and have no respect for rules of the road when it comes to cyclists.

Video was posted on Youtube two weeks ago, allegedly by bradrussell5. It shows two men in a truck, driving on the Natchez Trace. They pass the sign for the Ridgeland exit  then spot their target, a cyclist in the distance.

On the video you can hear the driver say, "Here's why you do not want to ride your bike on the Natchez Trace in Ridgeland, Mississippi." Then you see and hear him hit the accelerator, speed around the cyclist and heavy black exhaust fumes spew out of the truck. It's not clear what was coming out of the vehicles' exhaust or if something was inserted into the exhaust pipe. Then on the video more laughter. "Oh my god... (laughter)," that from the unidentified driver of the truck.

Ridgeland police aren't amused. The cyclist could have been endangered according to authorities.

"He's going to die," then more laughter)." That's what you hear the driver saying as they speed away. Now cops intend to smoke out these pranksters.

The video shows a camouflage hat on the dashboard. The men are in a light-colored pick-up truck with a metal tool box on the back.

The Natchez Trace has been designated as one of the top 10 U.S. biking routes where bicycles are considered vehicles.

If you have any information about this incident call the Ridgeland Police Department at 601-856-2121.  If caught, the men face charges of malicious mischief.

According to the Bicycle Safety Information from the League of American Bicyclists:

 Motorists are urged to drive cautiously: Reduce speed when encountering cyclists. Don't tailgate. Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space.  Yield to cyclists. Bicycles are considered vehicles. Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way. Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersection.  Be considerate.

The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists.

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