OAKLAND, Pa. – Police are investigating after a video depicting a road rage incident Thursday night in Oakland went viral.
The video shows a man in a red SUV fighting a bicyclist at the intersection of Fifth and Bellefield avenues.
The man who shot the video said it happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Matthew Hajduk happened to be nearby and caught much of the confrontation on his phone.
“I had all kinds of emotions,” he said. “I felt bad for the guy (the bicyclist), but I also thought wow, I can’t believe I’m witnessing something like this.”
Hajduk told Channel 11 it started moments earlier with the man in the SUV driving erratically behind the bicyclist.
“The cyclist turned around and gestured and threw his hands up like, ‘What the hell, man?’ Obviously, it’s not cool. The guy at that point opened his door and that’s when I pulled out my phone.”
At one point, you can see the driver pick up the bike and throw it at the man. Moments later, the cyclist speaks with Hajduk, telling him he “was fine.”
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Channel 11 blurred the faces of everyone involved since no charges have been filed.
A spokeswoman for Pittsburgh police originally told Channel 11 no one had reported the incident, so Channel 11’s Aaron Martin took the video to the mayor’s chief of staff, Dan Gilman, to get his take on the incident.
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“This is the first time I’m seeing it,” he said. “I had not been made aware, but I can assure you I’ll be following up with the police chief.”
On Twitter, Bike Pittsburgh called on Pittsburgh police and the mayor’s office to treat this as a criminal matter.
Police said neither person involved has filed a police report regarding the matter. Police did not specify the details surrounding the “physical confrontation” in the release Saturday.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Zone 4 police at 412-422-6520.
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