Berkeley police have responded to the video, making the rounds on YouTube, of the bicyclists hit by a car while riding in Berkeley a couple of days ago.

From Capt. Andrew Greenwood, Investigations Division Commander:

On 4/25/12, at about 4:30 PM, two bicycle riders riding 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 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.

The person who posted the video, who says he is one of the bikers, wrote the following in the description of the video:

It was possible to identify the number of the car on the video. The police have located the car and the owner. Now I’m waiting for the return of the police on the case.

One commenter on the video states that the license plate of the car is visible in one frame of the video at 3:17.

  • Anonymous

    Reckless driving + vehicular assault + hit & run X 2

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