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Bicyclist struck by BMW in Beverly Hills road-rage incident

April 23, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez

Beverly Hills police were searching for a man who rammed his BMW into a bicyclist in a suspected road-rage incident, authorities said Tuesday afternoon.

The April 3 crime was captured on surveillance video that shows the white vehicle striking the biker head-on in an alley.

"The driver intentionally rammed the bicyclist with his vehicle pinning him to a metal rolling trash bin," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement.

The driver fled the scene, in an alley between Wetherly and Almont drives.

The bicyclist told investigators that the incident was sparked by fight that he had earlier with the driver, according to police.

"The bicyclist punched the driver in the face," police said, adding that the driverĀ  then "threatened to kill the victim and followed him" into the alley.

The driver is described as a white or Middle Eastern male in his mid-30s with dark hair, dark eyes and a thin build, police said. The vehicle is a BMW 328i possibly 2008 or later.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Eric Hyon at (310) 285-2156.

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