A Cyclist Was Stabbed by a Pissed-Off Corvette Driver on Lower Greenville Last Night

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Donny Sirisavath and a friend were headed west on Ross Avenue last night at 10:15 when, as they waited on their bicycles for the light at Greenville Avenue, a white Corvette pulled up on their right side. The driver was not happy, according to the ensuing police report.

"Fuck you," he said, the first volley in a lengthy, profanity-filled tirade directed against Sirisavath, 32, and his friend.

Without interrupting his diatribe, the driver opened his door in an attempt to better confront the cyclists. Sirisavath, fearing the man was preparing violence, slammed the door shut. The driver lunged through his open window.

He tailed the cyclists as they turned north onto Greenville, then west on Lewis Street in an attempt to flee. "You like that?" the driver asked as he briefly pulled his Corvette beside them before stepping on the gas.

That's when Sirisavath realized that his arm was bleeding and that the driver had stabbed him when he lunged through the window. He refused an ambulance, opting instead to bike to Baylor hospital, where investigators took pictures of his wound.

Perhaps the city's proposed don't-be-a-dick-to-cyclists ordinance should include a provision about drive-by shankings?

The incident is being classified as an aggravated assault. A DPD spokesman had no additional info about the Corvette or its driver. I've left a couple of messages for Sirisavath, in case he has anything to add.

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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I've always said the perfect solution is riding yer bike (get this!)........ON THE BIKE TRAIL. And then I promise not to drive my car on sidewalk. 

tagkev1
tagkev1

with  this  traffic  ...riding  a bike..is  taking your  life  in your  own  hands..right  or  wrong..dead  is  dead...heck  i sold  my  harley  when  i moved  here.. a death  wish  i dont  have....

ConSarnIt
ConSarnIt

Asshole and Corvette are synonymous.

jaibird13
jaibird13

No one deserves to get stabbed over a a traffic issue. Period. This cyclist did not deserve to get stabbed over whatever it was that he did to upset the driver of the Vette (the details leading up to the confrontation aren't included in the story for some reason).

That being said, not all cyclists are inconsiderate jerks on the road. I live in the area that the incident took place, and there are a few cyclists that will in fact, pop out of the way when they see that they are holding up traffic. There are also cyclists that ARE inconsiderate jerks on the road. I have been cut off by them popping out in front of me (so dangerous). I have seen them passing cars at a red light to get in front of the line (seriously!), and hold up a line of traffic, fully aware that we were all back there. These people are usually the cyclists that have the "martyr cyclist" attitude, in my opinion. Yes, there are a lot of drivers that are jerks too, and there are countless rants bout them, but traffic is no place for "he did it too".

Cyclists of the non-jerk variety get around just fine being courteous and safe, and as a result I am much more inclined to yield to them should they need it. 

docann
docann

They should have tried to get his license plate number.  In Richardson, there are designated lanes for bike riders, and that helps a lot. 

benwellsstreet
benwellsstreet

...the bikers probably should have been riding on swiss avenue. I don't think it's fair to ride on streets like Ross Ave when there are neighborhood streets running parallel to it. that being said, people that pull this crap on cyclists don't realize how dangerous and unfair it is. I live on Fort Worth Ave and ride to and from work every day. A guy pulled up aggressively next to me 2 nights ago in a truck, yelling that I was only going 25mph in a 35mph (really.) sometimes people are just looking to pick a fight and a cyclist is an easy target.

zombiezombieyumyum
zombiezombieyumyum

I am of the opinion that the bicyclists who behave like assholes are also the same assholes you see on the tollway behaving like assholes.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

So he's driving a Corvette to compensate for something.

 

And forensic psychologists say people who use knives are compensating for something.

 

This guy will be easy to spot in a lineup if they just have them drop trou.

mewkins
mewkins

A coked up guy driving a corvette. Is it 1986?

italianmatt
italianmatt

@AngelaHunt and its on you for not passing the bicycle protection law last month. This city is so behind in these issues. Cars always win

Jennifer Duaine
Jennifer Duaine

This is a video I saw recently that highlights the type of threatening harrassment cyclists can come across. These guys taped his plates and he was fined. I am looking forward to a less expensive "Go Pro," type surveillance so that in the event of death or attack, at the very least the harrassment or attack, or accident due to a faulty driver can be caught on tape. We have a young woman here in S.A. who was recently paralyzed... Tragedy in the last year is ridiculously high amongst cyslcists. http://youtu.be/xFM5QiAd3QA

notinRome
notinRome

This is not Austin, this is not San Francisco, Minneapolis, Montreal, or Denmark.  This is a poser city, where constant pressure comes from implants to become the cities that we are not going to become.  We have been able to access insular neighborhoods for many decades in our four-wheeled cages without issue.  Its not to difficult these days to move from Dallas to any cyclist friendly city in the U.S.  This city will never be cyclist friendly, and I really hope it stays that way.  I hope they catch the punk that stabbed the fellow.  

observerislibtards
observerislibtards

Was the attacker "diverse"? Judging my the victim's name, he sounds like he might be "diverse" too. Therefore I'm gonna guess that the attacker is also "diverse", because if he was a non-diverse person-of-non-color attacking a diverse person of color, the Observer's "progressive advocacy journalists" would be shrieking about it by now.

_joshw
_joshw

@justinc well said. There are great people in Dallas, and it offers a lot to love, but it’s hard to do want to move there, when FW loves us.

Jennifer Duaine
Jennifer Duaine

I'm very sorry to hear this and send wishes for speedy recovery. Like I say about people who fear sharks while surfing-cycling is possibly more treacherous, and likely to pitfalls-seemingly due to the mass influx and existence of extreme idiots who seem to be multiplying like rabbits on crack.

iamdynamite
iamdynamite

The attitude apparent in most of these comments is a great indicator of the root issue that permeates the issue of cyclist's rights in this grand old city of ours, which only recently lost its title of "most dangerous city in the country for cycling". While an abysmal city infrastructure and long-time, militant "no bike lanes" policy by the cycling czar hasn't helped anything, it's the pompous, roads-are-only-for-us attitude of Dallas drivers that discourages people from even trying to commute via bicycle, and therefore results in even more cars on the road, more congestion, more car-centric infrastructure downtown, and the opposite of a walkable city. The fact is, cyclists don't have to prove their rights to the rode. We already have those rights (actually, it's illegal for us to ride on the sidewalk, another little known fact) and with no bike lines anywhere our only course of action is to ride aggressively and own our lanes when we're in traffic. I personally hate that, but that's our safest course of action at this point. I've been run off the road, hit, been cursed at, and flipped off by motorists. I've seen cyclists tailgated by huge trucks out of pure intimidation. That's just how things are here, and continuing to ride every day (I'm a commuter) takes absurd amounts of resolve. It should not be this hard.

 

The fact is, while it's easy to make generalizations about cyclists in Dallas, in truth we're rarely the aggressors. We are not the physically stronger party. While there are definitely times when cyclists don't follow traffic laws, which they definitely should, there are rarely times when they're on their cell phones texting while biking, and therefore endangering anyone within a pretty large surrounding area with their two tons of hurtling metal. If you want to make the excuse that cyclists on downtown streets are a problem to be solved, then I hope you can rest easy in your convictions, but that attitude above all others is what will hold Dallas back from ever becoming more than a city of insular neighborhoods and suburbs, almost inaccessible by design. This is what makes loving this city hard.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

This is one that does not need a law. The guy in the Corvette is guilty of aggravated assault (a felony).

ThreeOranges
ThreeOranges

Can't help but wonder if this is an ethnicity-based hate crime. Probably get more sympathy with a jury if they prosecute it that way, since everyone knows that cyclists are jerks who just get off on slowing down traffic.

_joshw
_joshw

@justinc yeah. Yowza.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ConSarnIt 

 

no,

+sshole's and tubby spandex laden, taking up three lanes and driving slow on purpose bike turd's are synonymous. I feel bad for the 50 or so REAL bikers people in the area that are not posing, and doing stupid sh+t.  The rest of said bikers are overweight beasts looking to torture the rest of us. 

dallasxt
dallasxt

 @Johnny Bananas  Bikes ruled the roads before cars... and a road bike in no way belongs on a sidewalk. Get over yourself in ur gas powered fat building machine and ride a bike & learn to respect your fellow man.

geovrybody
geovrybody

@Johnny Bananas Yeah I agree, motorists belong on the sidewalks. Fat lazy fucks. Get some exercise.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @mewkins Did you read the same story I read?  Where is coke mentioned?

Daniel
Daniel

 @notinRome You rendered "transplants" as "implants." I'm not sure if that was intentional, but you have made me happy all the same.

iamdynamite
iamdynamite

 @notinRome It's not difficult to move from Dallas unless you've lived here your whole life, have deep roots, children, and all of your extended family close. Minor details. Dallas is a young enough city where it could be malleable with a certain amount of determination, and figuring out ways to grow and maintain relevance for a more vibrant urban population is what's going to give Dallas a chance of growing into something beyond its glow-in-the-dark office buildings. I say this as a dude with a normal day job, a mortgage, and a bunch of kids. There's no chance that Dallas will ever be San Francisco, but it could easily become Austin. Austin has notoriously bad infrastructure for biking as well (until a recent boom of bike lines there as well) but somehow cyclists and drivers learned to get along over time. Attitude evolution.

censormeallyouwant
censormeallyouwant

 @observerislibtards The complete lack of description of the driver probably means an illegal immigrant lawnmower who bought a corvette for $299 down on Garland Ave. 

imesey
imesey

 @observerislibtards Good thing you used the word "diverse", otherwise this would have been blatantly racist!

observerislibtards
observerislibtards

@iamdynamite @notinRome ---- "a more vibrant urban population". You mean the "vibrant urban population" that commits the vast majority of the violent crimes, right?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @mewkins  @RTGolden1 Actually, I don't.  I just asked a question, no need to dive into assholery in your response.

Daniel
Daniel

 @imesey  @observerislibtards You've got to admit that the victim's name seems vaguely Hindi. Therefore, Eric Nicholson is a naive white-guilt libtard. QED 

 

 

imesey
imesey

 @observerislibtards  @imesey Thank you for calling these libtards out, otherwise I would have thought this was a pretty straight-forward article about a violent assault. Finally I can clearly see the lamestream media's liberal agenda.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @iamdynamite  @steve.sandwich biking downtown is a breeze, a bike can match the speed of traffic.  It's elsewhere that biking is more dangerous.  It's not illegal to ride on sidewalks in most parts of the city, and cyclists should look to bail out to the sidewalks rather than to foolishly try to take the whole lane in heavy traffic.  It goes both ways, but we generally expect slower cars to pull over to the shoulder to facilitate passing, but a few cyclists do the opposite.

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