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Suspect in Road Rage Incident Against Bicyclist Arraigned

A 51-year-old Eastpointe resident was arraigned Friday for allegedly attacking a bicyclist on Harper.

A 51-year-old Eastpointe man accused of attacking a bicyclist on Harper Avenue was arraigned Friday in on one count of misdemeanor aggravated assault.

Craig Dunn is alleged to have attacked a bicyclist Thursday morning, striking him and causing three hairline fractures in the sinus cavity and knocking loose some of his teeth.

According to St. Clair Shores police, a 49-year-old Grosse Pointe man was riding southbound on Harper as he completed a 30-mile ride from Lake St. Clair Metropark.

Dunn is alleged to have driven behind the bicyclist south of 12 Mile, and blasted his horn and almost hit him, according to St. Clair Shores detective Margaret Eidt. The men "exchanged unpleasantries," she said.

He then pulled into a driveway, exited his vehicle, ran to the bicyclist and punched him in the head and face. He then fled the scene but was later arrested by St. Clair Shores police.

The victim was treated at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, and will need additional medical attention, according to Eidt.

Dunn was arraigned Friday before Magistrate Mark Metry, and a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

"It was quite brutal," said Eidt, during Dunn's arraignment. "It was uncalled for ... the gentleman was riding his bicycle and was attacked."

Metry set bond at $5,000, or 10 percent, which Dunn posted.

John Hetzler (Editor) August 25, 2012 at 02:51 PM
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Rene Bellis August 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The guy obviously needs a class in anger management!
Stephen Kiluk August 26, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Bicyclists have every right to be on the road and they are entitled to have the right of way. People in Michigan sadly seldom respect the bicyclists' right to the road. We all need to share the road. Furthermore, this incident went far beyond carelessness because the man exited his vehicle and assaulted the bicyclist in a fit of rage. I am 100% on the side of the bicyclist. No matter what frustrations were experienced by both parties, the actions of the motorist were uncalled for. This is a sad day for the bicyclists of our area.
Eva Strzelewicz August 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I avoid riding on Harper because of things like this. I have been nearly hit several times, by people exiting businesses and sidestreets...and I ride on the sidewalk. I prefer to enjoy my time on Jefferson. Drivers seem to be more aware.
Robert D Halpert MD August 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Bicycling is a big deal in SW Michigan with all our bike trails and access to natural habitat for bicyclists. And of course they are accorded (and ought to be ) the right of way when it comes to car vs. bike. Most bicyclists are careful and respectful, but there is a small group that is an irritation. They believe they have a divine right to the roads and trails and thus ride at speeds and in a manner that invites difficulties. I live on one of MI's beautiful bike trail and have almost been knocked down several times by folks from this small segment of the bicycling community. They roar down the trail on expensive bikes, dressed in spandex and helmets obviously trying to shave 1/100 of a second off their time and with little regard for anything else. They are only a small segment of bicyclist, but they are dangerous. Bikes have the right of way over cars, but pedestrians have the right of way over cyclists.
Robert D Halpert MD August 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I should add that this in no way condones the actions of the motorist in the reported incident. I would rather have the out of control "anger management" problem riding a bike than behind the steering wheel of a car.
Mary Blumreich August 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Should bicycles even be allowed on roads that experience fast, heavy traffic? I've I have seen lots of accidents just waiting to happen because of the inattention or "like it or lump it" attitude of some bikers. It's nuts to have those hard to see, wobbly folks riding along with semis and SUV's (whose drivers are another "category"). My opinion, for which I will no doubt receive a lot lumps myself.
walden schmidt August 27, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I've been cycling for over 20 years and there's no way I would ride in the street on Harper. The speed limit is 40 mph and there's just too much traffic from all the businesses.
Bob Frapples August 27, 2012 at 01:33 PM
If I'm not mistaken, state law says that bicyclist must ride in on the street and obey traffic laws as if they were a motorized vehicle. Riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is technically illegal yet basically never enforced. Again, I remember that being a law but it may be mistaken.
Todd August 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Naturally, bicycles deserve a wide berth on the roads. And this Dunn fellow seems like he got awful steamed for some reason. None of us know what was said, but the outcome is awful. The one thing that I have to admit is that the "street gang" of bikes that take over 1/4 mile worth of road and swerve all over, clown around, and run stop signs and red lights hurts these conversations. I see them every weekend, especially on Jefferson riding like idiots. Personally, I enjoy pulling up to a light or stop sign and getting nice and close to the curb so they cant burn through the signals. If the bikes want to share the road, they had better share 100% of the rules. My deepest apologies if the clip in peddles are hard to deal with, but that's the price you pay for trying to train for the Olympics on our city streets. Sometimes you have to stop and wait.
Steve August 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
R A G E ! ! !
Mary Blumreich August 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Amen.
Anthony J August 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I agree with Todd when he notes how many cyclists don't obey street laws. If you are going to ride in street, then you are subject to same laws as motorists. Want respect? Earn it! Would love to see law enforcement cite a biker for running a stop sign or making an illegal turn. Not condoning what happened on Harper Ave. bail should have been much higher.
Mary Blumreich August 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I don't question the legal rights of people to ride bikes on the streets. I used to ride back in the day. I question the sanity of it. Even writing about the subject is dangerous. While my attention was on the keyboard, one of my Schnauzers swiped my grilled cheese sandwich off the table. Since a biker will inevitably receive the short end of the stick in an encounter with a car the onus is on said biker to be more wary, more observant of traffic laws and more willing to "give over" even when giving over violates their sense of "rights." Smart, safe and polite riding will protect bikers from the "bully" motorists with whom they share the roads.
Mary August 30, 2012 at 11:35 PM
What does this have to do with the story? The man on the bike was doing something legal and was hospitalized for it. How many drivers run stop lights and stop signs? I ride a bike and try to be respectful but many people in this area do not want bikes in the road period. They think they have a right to drive as close as possible to you without realizing that they could kill you, they honk the horn at you even it you stop at lights and ride as far the right as possible. I have had things thrown at me for doing nothing but riding legally and respectfully believe it or not. The road rage is getting worse and worse.
Todd September 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Bully motorists? LOL. Uh, Ok, so bikes are not accountable for their behavior. Got it. I doubt that will help people be safer. But I promise if bikes stopped running red lights, stop signs, and taking over entire lanes without yielding to faster traffic there could be a practical discussion about those few "evil" motorists. In the mean time your argument is ridiculous. Rules only apply to the other guy? Wow.
Mary Blumreich September 08, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Todd you missed the entire point of my comment. The word bullies in my remark is enclosed in quotation marks...don't you know what that means? If not, I can't help you. How silly of you to deduce that I think rules only apply to motorists and not to bikers; my entire point was that bikers should be more vigilant and adherent to traffic rules since they are most likely to get creamed in an encounter with a motorized vehicle. Nowhere did I suggest that bikes are not accountable for their behavior. Reading comprehension is obviously not your strong suit.

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