Police hunt for cyclist after elderly woman has hand smashed in road rage attack

The man police would like to speak to.
The man police would like to speak to.

AN elderly woman’s hand was smashed by a cyclist after an altercation on Scarborough Beach Road yesterday and police are appealing to the public to help identify her attacker.

The woman managed to take a photo of the cyclist on her phone, which Scarborough police have released to the public.

Scarborough officer in charge Glenn Dowding told the Stirling Times there was an alternation between two cyclists at about 12pm on Monday where the cycle path and road converged.

“The elderly man driving stopped the car and beeped the horn at the cyclists and then the two of the came up on either side of the car,” he said.

“An altercation happened between them and the 74-year-old woman passenger had her hand on the side of the window, the cyclist then banged her hand with his hand on the door.”

Senior Sergeant Dowding said emotions were often heightened on the roads throughout the Christmas and holiday period.

“People really need to try and keep calm on the road, whether cyclists or drivers, we are all road users and we need to be respectful of that,” he said.

“Sometimes things get to a stage where instead of reporting incidents to police they will take matters into their own hands which can be an issue.

“A bit of courtesy on our roads would not go astray at this time of year.”

If you have any information about this incident call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au and quot reference number 1212 1612 001 5997.