TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A group of between 15 and 20 cyclists were riding eastbound in the 8300 block of east Valencia Road around 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 when a man pulled up alongside two cyclists at the front of pack and started talking to them.
Sgt. Chris Widmer with TPD said that the man then swerved to the right, hitting one of the cyclists who then collided with a cyclists riding along side him.
Todd Herriot, a professional cyclist was leading the pack.
"I started to hear a guy, saying "whoa whoa whoa" yelling behind me and I happened to look down and that's when I saw the side of the car," he told 9OYS.
The two cyclists fell to the ground, suffering minor, non-life-threatening injuries. They were not transported to the hospital.
"I just remember being on the car and getting the front end knocked out of me and landed on my left shoulder," he said.
Witnesses told police the incident seemed deliberate.
Two people ahead of the group of cyclists witnessed the incident and took a photo of the license plate and vehicle that hit the cyclist. Aggravated assault detectives responded to investigate and used the photos to track down 57-year-old Rodney KinKade.
The vehicle, a 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora, was impounded and Kinkade was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault.
9OYS went to Kinkade's home to find out his side of the story. He told us he wasn't willing to talk specifics about the case, but did say it was not intentional.
"I did yell at them it was not anger or out of control, but in my opinion their behavior was a safety traffic issue," he told 9OYS.
Herriot says the group was not in the middle of the roadway at all.
"We understand that the road is open to traffic," he responded.
Kinkade says he nonetheles feels bad about what happened.
"I am very sorry for causing him you know...hurt both emotionally and physically," he said.
Widmer says the case will be taken to the county attorney for further review. Kinkade may see further charges for the second cyclist who was injured as a result of the collision.