Friday, August 08 2008 @ 07:41 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
By Nikita R Stewart
Asher Corson, director of communications for Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), found himself pinned between a parked truck and a Metro bus.
The bus driver, Corson said, apparently did not see him as he cycled in the "rightmost lane" on Thursday on H Street NW near the White House. Corson, 24, just purchased his black and gray Cannondale Sunday and was biking from his home in Foggy Bottom to the Wilson Building shortly after 9 a.m.
"I merge over. Right as I merge over, the bus begins to speed up," said Corson, 24, who found himself being squeezed. "Clearly, he didn't see me. Or I guess he didn't see me."
Happy to see that he had suffered only a busted knuckle, Corson said his relief quickly turned to anger when the bus simply pulled off.
Corson jumped up on his bike and caught the driver at the next stop. "I said, Sir, you almost killed me.' At which point, he closed the door," he recalled. "I was..."
This is a family D.C. Wire, Asher.
He again jumped on his bike and at the next stop, he got all the information he needed to file a police report.
Corson said he has learned in his research that the driver was supposed to "stop, call a supervisor, call the police."
"Instead of it being accident, I filed a hit-and-run (report)."
Corson said he's not interested in suing the city or WMATA. He said he just wants "WMATA and bus drivers to pay a little closer attention to bikers."
"If it (the bus) was an inch over, I could have broken my shoulder. If it had been two inches, I could have been dead," he said. "It scared the daylights out of me."
Corson has every intention to "keep on riding."