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Driver Says He's Not Concerned about Bicyclist after Collision

Police say the bicyclist's injuries are not life-threatening.

An Abingdon man said a bicyclist hit his car as he drove toward the intersection of MD Route 23 and MD Route 24 Thursday afternoon.

"He evidently saw someone he knew and waved," 27-year-old Mathew Dick said. "He ran straight into me."

Dick, an Abingdon resident who formerly lived in Forest Hill, was headed south on MD Route 24 in his passenger car when a 64-year-old man on a bicycle crashed into the passenger side of his car. The bicyclist was transported by ambulance to Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment.

The bike operator sustained injures that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to Maryland State Police with the Bel Air Barrack.

Dick told Patch the bicyclist was allegedly distracted as he turned off of MD Route 23 and not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

"I want this on record, he's injured and I don't care," Dick said.

Dick held out a copy of the accident information provided by state police that listed the man on the bike as at fault.

He went on to say he was angry about the accident and felt victimized by the bicyclist's alleged inattention. He added he has no way to pay for the damage done to his car.

Dick said he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder and the accident had thrown him into the worst panic attack he had experienced in two years.

"I think people who ride bikes on the road should have liability insurance," Dick said.

mathew dick June 23, 2012 at 02:27 AM
he was screaming and cussin me for no reason thats my reason not to care about that mans condition anymore noone was concerned for me or has been and id rathyer be dead than alive right now and everyone who thinks they are supior to me has to comment you can smyd if you got negitive things about me i did nothing wrong
Pamela June 23, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Love it H.N.!!!!!!
Rachel Elizabeth June 23, 2012 at 04:46 AM
If a old man in his 60's is riding his bike with no helmet and waving at people, and then crashes into MY car, I would be really pissed. If the bike rider was DISTRACTED and crashed into me, then that is his own fault. Also, if it is true that the old man started cussing at the driver, then I really have no sympathy for the biker. If the situation was someone in a car playing on their phone and that person drove right into me, I think many of you would feel a lot different. On top of everything, the driver now has to be inconvenienced with calling his insurance company and filling a claim, all for something he did not do. Out of pure frustration and anger, I probably would have made an ignorant comment like Mr. Dicks. I'm sorry, but I have no sympathy for people (driving cars, bikes, etc.) that are going to do it distracted. If they cause their own accident than that's their fault. Hopefully, now the doctor will learn to pay attention AND wear a helmet!
Lady June 23, 2012 at 04:48 AM
R. Lynn-I agree. I don't care for Mr. Dick's comments either, but can not tell you how many problems I have had on these back roads with bicyclist in Harford Co. On Grafton shop, Grier Nursery, Walter's Mill, 23 through Rocks. I often wonder why the bicyclist are putting their own lives in danger.
Lady June 23, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Wow---that is a very grown up comment Mikey. I would be proud to be your Mom-Not!! I am hoping Kristen just wipes this post with all the inappropriate language and comments.
mathew dick June 23, 2012 at 08:29 AM
my license is valid i have not had a suspended license since i got it back in 2009. all i owe is a current 25 dollar ticket
mathew dick June 23, 2012 at 08:46 AM
okay for those of you who dont know how a ticket works,,, if you dont pay or go to court with in thirty days you get a letter in the mail saying that in another 2 weeks youll be suspended... they mailed me a letter 6 18 12 saying pay by 7 11 12 or your suspended.... theres no reason my license should be suspended at this point... it will be if i dont pay the 25 dollars ill pay it 7/1 and the case is closed them but no license is currently valid
Notanative June 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM
why are all you people egging on a person with an obvious metal disability/issues? I think you all enjoy making the comments to set this guy off.......You ALL have issues. I don't come on here much but a lot of you are on here constantly....Get a life
mathew dick June 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Tyvm sir/ma'am ^
Shawn June 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
OK, folks, let's recap. The accident happened, presumably in the manner described here according to the MSP report. The driver with a history of mental illness and recovering from substance abuse is traumatized by the accident and the biker's behavior after. A reporter arrives, collects information, and write a story using the most eye-catching angle she can (which obviously worked as it is the reason most of us are here). I think we can all agree that the above statements are fact. From there we devolve into opinion and speculation based on quick Google searches. Mental illness is real, according to current science. It often goes along with substance abuse, so it is no surprise to see that here too. Mentally ill people often behave in a manner that is not socially appealing, as is seen this is case both at the scene and on this site. You can have your opinion about how awful a person the Driver is for his reaction, for defending himself here, and for his past drug abuse but that's just your opinion and everyone gets to have those.
Shawn June 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Bottom line: This was not a story without the reporter's hook. Fender benders happen all the time and sometimes involve bicycles. I'm glad Dr. Biker will be OK, Driver Dew needs to try his best to get past this and wait for this to all shake out. If the biker is reluctant to pay for damages then an MSP report showing him to be at fault should be enough to get a lawyer interested. Opinions on the internet are plentiful, cheap, and not always thought out.
BlueStarMom June 23, 2012 at 04:54 PM
AMEN AMEN AMEN I WAS THINKING....OMG WILL HE SHUT UP IT CAN ALL BE USED IN COURT AGAINST HIM, and OMG too much sharing this is an article not a support group. I hope the cyclist was OK, just still agree with they need to be more careful. How about the county making a bike run so that they aren't harmed anymore.
mathew dick June 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Tyvm^ &^^
BlueStarMom June 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I agree Shawn that Mr. Dick was involved in the accident, was the reporter's hook (TOTAL LACK OF CLASS). I didn't notice the name until I entered the conversation. I was drawn because of my concern for the bicyclists that are constantly in my neighborhood on the back roads where no one should be walking or riding a bike. Can't take my four wheeler on the road without a ticket, but that is another subject all together. I was seriously concerned that this man was hurt and that it may spark some interest in the community about the safety of bicyclists. Instead we focused on Mr. Dick, his total lack of class - stop using illness Matthew, you just have no class leave it at that. Don't bother throwing the mental illness curve, because I too am bipolar and PTSD from a bad childhood and bad experiences. Get over yourself and put your big boy panties on and shut up already. Social responsibility is gone today, what a shame. Honestly, I hope the cyclist has been following the conversation so that his lawyer has now all the ammunition to never make him responsible for any of that damage. Sometimes silence is golden. I hope you all have a wonderful day free from any injury or damage and can find something to do that does not result in injury or harm. I hate seeing in the paper that anyone is harmed.
Hazzard Native June 23, 2012 at 05:18 PM
If Dr bike doesn't pay up, take him to small claims court, just don't expect to get anything for pain and suffering. You may be compensated actual damages to your vehicle, but anything other than that will be laughed out of court.
mathew dick June 23, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Small claims is damages under 5k. And I'm not like that thank you I've never actully dealt with something like this.
Jill Bracewell June 23, 2012 at 07:22 PM
There comes a point in the life of someone who has been violated as a child, and grown up to an adult to stop seeing themselves as the victim of said abuse, and start seeing themselves as a SURVIVOR. There are millions of people in this world who have been sexually assaulted who have lived through the pain and come out on the other side of it to be functioning members of society. I am not saying that anyone who has suffered this should get over it, but there comes a time in their life where they have to make the conscious decision to stop the victimization of self and realize they are good people who are SURVIVORS. Not every sexually abused person uses what happened to them as an excuse for poor behavior. If Mr. Dick is having serious mental health problems, he should seek help immediately for himself, and if he is unable to do so, someone in his family should help him do it. If you cannot handle a small accident in which you were not hurt, and it has caused such issues as severe panic attacks and episodes of mania/depression, perhaps you should give up your license until you can get your mental health in a better state. God forbid, what would your mental state be if it had been a small child who had run into your car? Maybe you need a doctor's certification to retain your driver's license for your sake and everyone else's on the road.
Dave June 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
The child might cuss and swear at him too
mathew dick June 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Had I been at fault in this accident I would be devastated jill and probably dead and I don't want to think of a child flying face first into my windshield ...... as per my mental status I will be going to the hospital.Monday and I've already been approved and had a hearing on my status of being able to drive and I'm not scared by driving and my logic is fine.
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