For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Andrew Greenwood, Captain, BPD, (510) 981-5810
CYCLISTS HIT BY CAR
Crime Captured on Video
Berkeley, California (Thursday, April 26, 2012) - On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at about 4:30 p.m., two bicycle riders heading east on Tunnel Road were struck by a black vehicle driving east on Tunnel Road. The driver of the black vehicle did not stop after the collision, as required by law.
One of the riders had a camera mounted on his handlebars, and the collision was captured on video. That video is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3LatOGCWVc and has shown up on other websites as well.
The riders, both of whom were wearing helmets, suffered from abrasions from the contact with the roadway, but did not require hospitalization for their injuries. A passerby called 9-1-1, and the riders were seen and treated by Oakland Fire. Their clothing and bicycles were significantly damaged as a result of the collision.
The riders reported the collision at the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) on Wednesday later that evening. Officers began their investigation of the incident. This investigation included review of the video, as well as action on a number of investigative leads.
Due to the ongoing, active nature of the investigation, we are not at this time able to share or confirm specific information regarding our efforts.
Finally, we note the video has had over 21,000 hits on YouTube as of this afternoon, along with over 175 comments. We are aware of information contained in some of the comments, and are following up appropriately. Please note that we will not be discussing specific information from these comments, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.