Fellow rider hit by a car on purpose

We received this email from Jay Jordan:

I read Bike Commuters several times a day and love it–that’s why I wanted to let you guys know about a hit and run (deliberate) on a road cyclist here in Salt Lake. His name is Marty Kasteler; you can find local stories in mainstream media and at our SLC Bicycle Collective online (just Google the name). The driver of the truck who pulled into a parking lot to run over Marty after Marty tapped on the truck to let him know he was there hasn’t been caught yet. Marty is in ICU at a local hospital.

Granted, the jury is out on whether cyclists should tap cars/trucks who seem to ignore them or cut them off, but there’s never an excuse for this.

Friends have started a fund for him–see http://www.helpmarty.org/. Since commuters deal with traffic everyday, I thought your blog would be a good place to raise awareness about this incident and about bike-car/truck relations generally.

Thanks for all the work you and the other guys do,

It really makes my blood boil when I read news such as this one, what is it about people that think that cars are more precious than life?