Driver charged after video shows him pushing through pack of bicyclists in Irondale

Published: Aug. 16, 2018 at 6:12 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 at 6:37 PM CDT
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IRONDALE, AL (WBRC) - A man is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment after video showed him driving his truck through a pack of bicyclists in Irondale Tuesday evening.

The driver, Philip Alan Sudderth, turned himself in.

The incident, happened at the corner of Karl Daly Road and Grants Mill Road, was recorded on video by one of the cyclist Jeff McCord.

"The guy on the front row on the recumbent bike, low to the ground. If he had been a row back I don't think the guy in the truck would have seen him and barreled right over him." McCord said.

No one was seriously hurt, but it was different for the cyclists to process.

"I was shocked. heart was pounding. I couldn't believe it happened." Leslie Ledbetter said.

The video helped the Irondale Police Department identify the truck and eventually lead to the arrest of Sudderth.

"Once again, I have to say we have to be courteous drivers and we have to realize someone on a bicycle, they have a right to be there," Sgt. Michael Mangina said.

A new state law says drivers have to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of room, but McCord says some drivers must have to have a change of attitude.

"They don't see us as humans but objects in their way that's a nuisance. They don't see us as fathers, mothers and sons," McCord said.

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