At least the Milford police acted responsibly and tracked this guy down – something our police force didn’t do in a similar incident that occurred here in Tucson. Story here.
Milford bicyclist heard words ‘kill him, run him over’ before being hit by car, cops say
By Brian McCready, Milford Bureau Chief
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MILFORD — The 42-year-old bicyclist told police he heard the words “kill him, run him over.”
Then the car allegedly hit the bike the man was on, police said.
The man was thrown from the bike but was not seriously injured, police said.
But then the motorist turned the car around and this time allegedly ran the bike over, police said.
When police responded to the incident in the area of Edgefield Avenue at the intersection of Yale Avenue around 5:30 p.m., the bicyclist was able to recall the license plate number on the car and that led investigators to arrest a 20-year-old Bird Lane resident, police spokesman Sgt. Vaughan Dumas said.
Louis A. Melfi III, is charged with evading responsibility, and reckless driving, police said. Melfi told police there was a problem with a bicyclist but denied striking the bike, police said.
But the bicyclist, who was not identified, told police he was on a leisurely ride Wednesday evening when he heard a female voice shouting from a car “kill him, run him over,” Dumas said.
The bicyclist was driving in the shoulder of the road eastbound on Edgefield Avenue and told police he also heard a male voice yelling, “I’m gonna run you off the road,” police said.
The vehicle hit the bike’s rear tire and the man was knocked off the bike, he told police. He also told police the car continued a short distance, and then stopped, backed up and ran the bike over a second time before being driven off, police said.
In addition to the license plate number, the bicyclist provided a description of the vehicle. The vehicle was located at Melfi’s residence. Investigators determined based on physical evidence from the car that it did strike the bicycle and Melfi was arrested. He was released after posting $500 bail and is due to appear in Superior Court in Milford Aug. 11.