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BMW driver hit cyclist intentionally, police say

April 24, 2013|By Joseph Serna and Andrew Blankstein

Beverly Hills police said a BMW driver intentionally hit a cyclist earlier this month and promised to arrest the person on suspicion of attempted murder if they can find him.

A video shows the man steering his car into a bicyclist, crushing him against a metal trash bin.

"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.

Since April 3, police have been looking for the driver of a newer model, white BMW 328i that was captured on video hitting bicyclist in an alley in the 9000 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

Police said it appears the driver deliberately aimed his car at the bicyclist.

The driver is described as male in his mid-30s with dark hair, dark eyes and a thin build, police said.

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

The bicyclist, whom police have not identified, told investigators that the incident was sparked by fight 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 cyclist has taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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

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