Police: Angry Md. motorist beats cyclist, throws bike tire into woods

WASHINGTON — A crash between a bicycle and a SUV in Davidsonville, Maryland escalated into a road rage incident, leaving the bike rider with a broken arm and rib, Anne Arundel County police said.

The incident occurred at around 11 a.m. Saturday at St. George Barber and Governors Bridge Roads.

Police said the cyclist was riding south on St. George Barber, approaching Governors Bridge, when an SUV approached behind him. As the vehicle drew closer, the cyclist waved him to pass, police said.

Upon reaching a curve in the roadway, the cyclist traveled to the middle of the road in order to be visible to oncoming traffic and to block the SUV from passing on this curve.

But the SUV tried to pass the cyclist on the left side, which police said spurred the collision.

After the crash, police alleged, the SUV driver beat the cyclist, picked up the bike’s tire and threw it into nearby woods, and then left the scene.

The cyclist, a 59-year-old from Edgewater, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center with injuries to his leg, and a broken arm and a broken rib. Police said the man was in stable condition.

The driver, Michael John Moody, 61, of Davidsonville, was detained near the scene. He has since been charged with second-degree assault, in addition to numerous traffic offenses, police said.

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