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Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the driver is not considered an aggressor, but a victim, in the chaos that broke out during the Critical Mass protest.
While acknowledging that the driver did strike some of the bicyclists, Jamieson said it appeared the man did so trying to get away from the large crowd.
"It's completely understandable, if you've got a mob surrounding you, trying to get to you," he said.
The disturbance happened at around 7:15 p.m. near East Aloha Street and 14th Avenue East. The driver was in a white Subaru with a female companion and was trying to pull out of a parking space.
At that moment a large group of riders, described to police as anywhere from 100 to 300 bicyclists, were participating in a Critical Mass demonstration.
For years, bicyclists involved with Critical Mass have gathered monthly to ride through Seattle streets in a show of support for the rights of bicyclists. For the most part, Seattle police have taken a hands-off approach to the riders, although the protest tactics include filling the streets with bikes, putting a stop to vehicular traffic.
The riders were employing this tactic just as the motorist and his companion were about to drive off, Jamieson said.
"The bicyclists were using both sides of the roadway, effectively blocking traffic," he said.
According to what some witnesses told police, an altercation with the driver ensued and some of those on bikes began sitting on his car and hitting the vehicle, Jamieson said.
The driver tried to back up, he said, and struck a bike.
That's when bicyclists really began attacking the vehicle.
"They broke his windshield and they broke the rear window and did some additional body damage," Jamieson said.
The driver told officers he feared for his safety and that of his girlfriend, so he sped off, hitting other bikes and riders. . . .
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