Vídeo: conduce 6 km con un ciclista muerto en el parabrisas
Por: Rebeca Álvarez. Mié, 15/01/2014 - 12:05
¡Tremendas las imágenes! Un hombre conduce 6 km con un ciclista muerto en el parabrisas. Resulta totalmente macabro que tras el atropello, el conductor ni se inmutara por llevar al fallecido incrustado en el cristal...
Un hombre ha conducido durante 6 km con un ciclista muerto en el parabrisas. Las imágenes, que nos llegan desde Brasil, resultan muy siniestras… Resulta increíble pensar cómo no pudo darse cuenta de que, tras el atropello, llevaba al fallecido incrustado en el cristal. Los atropellos siguen siendo una asignatura pendiente: uno de cada cinco muertos en accidente es por esta causa.
Finalmente, un motorista logró parar el coche y el hombre fue detenido ante la mirada atónita de todos los que observaban al ciclista muerto en el parabrisas. ¡La escena es realmente dantesca!
From Victim to Villain in a flash new
Written by: Herbert Krabel Date: Wed Jan 15 2014
In Chattanooga a cyclist was harassed by 2 teenagers in a pickup truck and then hunted down again in a different vehicle.
They approached and used pepper spray on him, but it is the cyclist who is now accused of being the aggressor.
Well, it seems that he is now pressured with a threat to drop the charges. A sad story that many cyclists will be able to relate to. All of this started on Saturday afternoon as Anders Swanson, a 5'11" and 146 pound cyclist rode his road bike up Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. He was buzzed by a black Chevy Silverado truck with two teenagers on board and Swanson was so worried about the incident that he called TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) Security, since the incident took place on land owned by that regional water company. Swanson then continued and waited at the stop sign at the top to meet the authorities.
The truck then came and likely had to because there is really only one major access road to this scenic loop on top of the mountain. When they were close enough Swanson told the teenagers that he had called TVA and was about to call Chattanooga Police. He also admits that he stood in the road at that stop sign as they approached, but moved to the side as the came closer. He also said he used an expletive in the exchange.
"The driver then drove the truck past me, flipped me off, then attempted to swerve the rear of the truck in to me. This is all caught on my video. As the rear of the truck approached me I struck the rear fender with my left hand trying to push away from the truck’s rear tire as I was straddling my bike and couldn't move to avoid the rear tire. The truck just missed running over my foot," said Swanson. TVA Security responded soon after and recommended he should call the Chattanooga Police Department. While still talking to the TVA officer the Chattanooga police called back and could not find his location so Swanson rode down the mountain to meet them and filed a report. He then rode up the mountain again to return to his vehicle and this is now roughly 45 minutes after the last incident with the teens in the black Chevy.
As Swanson approaches the top he encounters a white Toyota 4-Runner with 3 passengers and he sees them multiple times as the vehicle rolls past him, stops, lets him pass again and then continues to do the same a few more times. Swanson eventually gets to the parking lot to change where his vehicle is the only one left. "I did not see the car as I began to change from my ride but as I was removing my shirt, I was off the bike and had the trunk of my car open, the white 4-Runner pulled in to the parking lot I was parked in and pulled just past my car. The passenger side window was rolled down and the kid stuck his head out and said 'How's it going?'
I asked if he was the individual from the first incident, he said no, he then pulled out the squirt gun and sprayed me in the face with pepper spray," said Swanson. "After getting sprayed I was immediately blind and choking but managed to throw my water bottle at the side of their car and hit the driver side door. I called 911 right after that and dispatch said they were sending both police and EMS. I was in severe physical distress and called 911 back to speak with the responding EMS as I couldn't see, had acute breathing difficulty, but had to drive my car to the point the dispatch said the ambulance would be. I have asthma and use an inhaler, and at that point I began to think there was an honest chance I would die if I had an allergic reaction to the pepper spray or my lungs closed up." The police arrived 15 minutes later and soon after the ambulance also arrived. Swanson was treated in the back of the ambulance and then taken home by a friend since he felt no longer ready to drive.
That night Swanson posted pics of the incident on Facebook in hopes to identify the attackers and also to warn fellow cyclists, runners and hikers who frequent that popular recreation spot. Swanson says that one of the mothers even reached out to him and apologized and asked him to drop the charges plus in conversations with Chattanooga police he got the feeling that the folks responsible would be arrested.
But this is now where this all turns crazy and surreal. "The officer told me she would need to determine if this would fall under Marion or Hamilton county jurisdiction but that based on the information she had she could arrest the individuals. Unfortunately I was told it would be under Marion County jurisdiction. I called Marion county and left a message for Sergeant Prince to call me back. Sergeant Prince called me back and said that I had committed a felony by posting the pictures of my attackers to Facebook but that the parents would not prosecute me if I dropped the charges against their kids," said a very stunned Swanson. "I asked for clarification, he said I had broken laws, and that the whole situation could just disappear if I were to take the posts down from Facebook and agree not to press charges against the kids."
On Monday January 13th Swanson and his wife met up with Dennis Howell of TVA, Detective Gene Hargis of Marion County, and Julia Veal of the Marion County DA office and they got the impression from the district attorney and Detective Hargis that they were trying to discourage Swanson from pressing charges, and seemed to take the allegation that Swanson assaulted the kids seriously. David Cook of the Times Free Press in Chattanooga also has written a very nice recap of the situation, but this whole story sounds utmost crazy. If the occupants in the Silverado were indeed threatened by the cyclist why did they return for more in a different vehicle and follow him around? Why were no charges filed by those teenagers on Saturday or Sunday if they had indeed felt harassed by Swanson?
Chattanooga has worked very hard to bring the US Pro Cycling National Championships and an Ironman race to come to the scenic city and this will likely bring athletes from around the world to the town that has been voted best town to live by Outside Magazine. Chattanooga is indeed a great place to live but incidents like this show that courtesy, consideration and acceptance of others are still foreign words to many residents of the self labeled "Boulder of the East Coast." But Chattanooga is not alone with that dilemma, it seems that we hear about incidents like this one all the time and in many cases the end result is much worse. A 15 pound bike versus a 4000 pound vehicle is never a fair fight and only folks who have ridden bikes can understand what it is like when a car comes way too close. Many states now have 3 foot laws but they are hardly enforced. Police officers should be made to ride bicycles for a few weeks so they can understand what it is like to ride in traffic and how some motorists act. Clearly some cyclists also act irresponsible and run red lights and are otherwise selfish, and we all need to act more responsible and considerate. We also haven't heard the other side of this story, but it just seems very unlikely that these teenagers kept coming for more and still felt in danger by the lone cyclist. It also appears that some folks have watched too much TV. "She (DA Julia Veal) also expressed concern over the fact that the parents felt that the bike club was out to get them, and they compared the bike club to Hells Angels," said Swanson. We asked Swanson if he regretted having posted the account of what happened to Facebook and he said, "I don't regret for a second posting this on Facebook, and I am still blown away that Sergeant Prince of the Marion County Sheriff's Department told me I committed three felonies by posting an account and pictures on Facebook. Sergeant Prince was trying to end the situation by accusing me of crimes that don't even exist - in essence to scare me in to dropping my charges so the guilty parties would walk. The especially disturbing thing there is that if what he had said were even remotely true, he is saying that he won't investigate what appear to be up to five felonies, just so everyone can shake hands and walk away. Not exactly inspiring work on the part of the people who are supposed to protect you."
Cook: As terrifying as riding a bike
by David Cook
As he was clutching his throat and gasping for breath, hoping to God he wasn't dying, Anders Swanson thought things couldn't get much worse. He was wrong. "That was actually the least of it," he said. It was Saturday. The weather was perfect. Swanson, a 30-year-old Chattanooga cyclist, went to ride the TVA reservoir on Raccoon Mountain, a place he's logged more than 25,000 road miles over the years.
"You feel safe up there," he said. He was a few miles in when they first appeared: a black Chevy truck, with two teenagers inside. The truck buzzes him; Swanson thought he was going to get hit. From inside, somebody blares off an air horn. "They were trying to mess with me," he said. Swanson gets to a stop sign, gets out his cell phone and calls security. The black Chevy comes back. Pulls up close. Revs the engine. Swanson gets out of the way, tells them to wait on the officers. The teens drive off, close enough that Swanson hits the back fender with his hand. "This part is all on video," Swanson said.
He's recorded it, snapped pictures of the driver and passenger. The license tag is clear. The camo ball cap on the dashboard. The faces of the two teenage males inside. "He flips me off as he drives off," Swanson said. Chattanooga police arrive. The officer takes his story. Swanson pulls up the picture of the license tag, thinking to himself: It'll all be over now. He goes back to his ride. The teens return. This time, in a white Toyota Four Runner with four occupants.
Later, Swanson would hear from other witnesses there who noticed the spooky way the Four Runner was driving; one man told Swanson he immediately got in his car and left. The Four Runner goes by him, then pulls over. Swanson rides by. They drive by him again, then stop. The routine continues several times until they drive off. Swanson gets back to the parking lot and begins to leave. It's getting dark. His Honda is the only car there. Then the Four Runner pulls in. Swanson, halfway out of his spandex bike suit, is by his car. The Four Runner drives up, just-so-close to him. Swanson looks inside the passenger side, realizes who it is. "Aren't you the kid from earlier?" he asks. Swanson then sees the teenager lift up his hand. Something's in it. A squirt gun. "Full of mace," he said. His face turns to fire as they drive away.
An asthmatic, Swanson thought his lungs were about to squeeze in on themselves. His throat swells. He can't see. He's swallowed it, but doesn't know what it is. "Kerosene? Anti-freeze?" he thinks, terrified. He fumbles with his phone, somehow activating the emergency call button. An ambulance arrives, along with more officers. He tells them what happened. "I know the passenger was the one who pepper-sprayed me and I know he was the driver of the first vehicle," he said. "Beyond a shadow of a doubt." That night, he tells his story on Facebook, posting two pictures of the black Chevy, its passenger and driver. Soon, multiple people contact him, each identifying the males.
Sunday afternoon, a Chattanooga police officer calls him. She'd gone to the teenagers' houses. She tells Swanson they confessed. "We can arrest them now," Swanson recalls the officer saying. Then, somehow, the case is transferred to Marion County police, as the incident falls in their jurisdiction, not Chattanooga's. That's when everything changes. A Marion County officer calls him, tells Swanson to take down his Facebook posts -- "he said I was committing three felonies," Swanson said -- and that if he planned on pressing charges, then the teens' parents were going to press charges against him.
Swanson does what he is asked: He and his wife remove all Facebook posts. Monday morning, they arrive at the Marion County Sheriff's Office, ready to press charges. The teens had already been there, telling the officers another version of what happened that day on the mountain. "They say I reached into the car and tried to grab the kid," Swanson said. Suddenly, Swanson is a possible attacker. The teens' parents are threatening to issue a warrant for his arrest, saying their children were threatened that day. That Swanson was the one cursing, the aggressor. That the pepper spray was on a key chain; the teen had only used it as protection. As his wife begins to cry, shocked at what she's hearing, Swanson experiences this Kafka-esque moment: the victim, now the suspect. "It's their word against his," said Detective Gene Hargis. Hargis is gathering evidence and hopes to report to the district attorney by Friday: to prosecute or not. And who. "We can't just take his word on it. Just like we can't take their word. We have to investigate these matters and pull any and all evidence together," said Hargis.
Swanson, the rowing coach at Girls Preparatory School, weighs less than 150 pounds. That afternoon, he was wearing spandex and cleated cycling shoes -- about as easy to run in as stilettos. And he assaulted the teens? And he on his tiny bike stalked them? Swanson called law enforcement multiple times that day, calling for help. Did the teens ever call? Swanson said the parking lot has video cameras that would have recorded exactly what happened. He said one teen's mom called him, apologizing profusely. The pepper spray was not aerosol -- like the kind in a key chain canister -- but liquid, like what you'd put in a squirt gun. And why would one officer in Chattanooga obtain a confession and be ready to make an arrest while officers in Marion County now see Swanson as a possible suspect despite zero evidence against him save the words of the accused teens?
"At this point, I have no idea whose side is correct or not correct. I hope to determine that. I'm trying to be as impartial as possible," said Hargis, who had not seen the Chattanooga police report (they would not release it on Tuesday, either). In this soon-to-be-Ironman town, this Boulder-of-the-East, the way this investigation is handled will represent so much. What will happen if cyclists think the roads -- on Raccoon Mountain, of all places -- are not safe? What does it mean when someone attacked is now on the defense? Will that influence whether others come forward if -- or when -- something like this happens again? "I did everything I thought I was supposed to do," Swanson said. That's the worst part.
Cyclist's nightmare continues new Written by: Herbert Krabel Added: Tue Jan 21 2014 The sad Anders Swanson saga is still not over in Chattanooga, but we now got our hands on the police report from the cyclist harassment and macing incident. As we previously reported, Anders Swanson was riding his road bike up Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga, TN on a Saturday afternoon when he was harassed by two teens in a black pickup truck. Swanson called the authorities and had a second encounter with the accused teens as he waited for TVA security to show up. Words were exchanged, Swanson was shown the bird and the vehicle swerved at him as it took off. Swanson managed to get video footage and still images of the incident and reported what happened to Chattanooga police. 45 minutes later there was a third encounter and now Swanson was off his bike and in the process of changing out of his cycling gear in a parking lot. The accused teens now in a white Toyota 4-Runner sprayed Swanson with mace in the face. 45 minutes later there was a third encounter and now Swanson was off his bike and in the process of changing out of his cycling gear in a parking lot. The accused teens now in a white Toyota 4-Runner sprayed Swanson with mace in the face. Initially the teens admitted these actions to Chattanooga police, and one of the moms even called Swanson on Sunday afternoon to get the charges against her son dropped. For jurisdiction reasons the case was moved to Marion County and all of a sudden the accused must have changed their mind - they now said the cyclist threatened them and that they acted in self-defense. Late on Sunday evening Swanson was called by Marion County sergeant Tim Prince who warned Swanson that he would charge him with 3 felonies if he did not take the pictures down from Facebook that showed the accused in the vehicle. But when a TVA investigator showed up at the Marion County police department on Monday morning Prince had no report or other write-up of the incident that took place 2 days earlier. We however got our hands on the police report from the Chattanooga Police Department. The names of the accused have been redacted but the story flows without the names of the accused and nowhere in the police report did the accused state that they in any shape or form felt threatened by Anders Swanson. The police reports states: "According to XXXXX, they left the area to meet up with friends. They got into a white 4-runner and went back to Raccoon Mountain. XXXXX states that there was no intentions of finding Mr. Swanson, they were only driving around; however, when they saw Mr. Swanson again and confirmed it was the same male in the previous altercation they exchanged words. At that time, XXXXX pulled out a can of mace and sprayed Mr. Swanson in the face. Mr. Swanson then threw a water bottle at their vehicle as they took off. XXXXX had nothing more to add to the incident." It also seems that the young men can’t get their stories straight as to why they jumped into another car and went up the mountain again. The police report also says: "They went up to the same area to talk to Mr. Swanson, but this time they were in a 4-runner. They saw Mr. Swanson again and approached him. They exchanged words. YYYYY then sprayed Mr. Swanson in the face with mace. They left the area in the 4-runner. YYYYY had nothing more to add to the incident. YYYYY’s parents advised he is normally a good child and does not get into trouble. They are not certain what caused this behavior. I explained to them that Marion County is investigating the incident involving the mace." Why the Marion County police has taken more than a week to digest this police report is absolutely puzzling. Plus as we had said, Swanson has submitted video evidence that supports his case. We now show on a map where the third encounter took place with the path of the white Toyota 4-Runner marked in yellow, and the parked vehicle spot where Swanson changed out of his clothes marked in red. Initially the teens admitted these actions to Chattanooga police, and one of the moms even called Swanson on Sunday afternoon to get the charges against her son dropped. For jurisdiction reasons the case was moved to Marion County and all of a sudden the accused must have changed their mind - they now said the cyclist threatened them and that they acted in self-defense. Late on Sunday evening Swanson was called by Marion County sergeant Tim Prince who warned Swanson that he would charge him with 3 felonies if he did not take the pictures down from Facebook that showed the accused in the vehicle. But when a TVA investigator showed up at the Marion County police department on Monday morning Prince had no report or other write-up of the incident that took place 2 days earlier. We however got our hands on the police report from the Chattanooga Police Department. The names of the accused have been redacted but the story flows without the names of the accused and nowhere in the police report did the accused state that they in any shape or form felt threatened by Anders Swanson. The police reports states: Looking at this map it seems reasonably obvious that the Toyota 4-Runner with the accused on board must have made an effort to come close to Swanson and it wasn't just some strange random encounter. We reached out to Marion County Police today to get an updated on the case but have not yet heard back. Word though has it that they are busy with a murder investigation. We also contacted Anders Swanson and he told us that he just got an update from Detective Hargis of Marion County via email. According to Hargis the case should be completed by Thursday. But Swanson still does not know which way it will go. "The sad thing is that without the fine legal advice we have gotten, my wife and I would have likely dropped the charges against the teens on 3 different occasions," said Swanson. "Even though it [the pressure on Swanson] was completely based on those fabricated and false charges they were making and that is sad. The most disturbing thing here is - if that had been someone else who didn't have people step up and say 'hey I give you some advice' – it disappears. And then this kids are off scot-free." http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/Cyclist_s_nightmare_continues_4144.html