Coming home today from work, I encountered an extreme case of road rage from a driver. Turning from Powell onto Walters (I think that is the name of the street) on my bike, I was about to get onto the Springwater Corridor bike path. This is between the cemetary and the elementary school in downtown Gresham. I hear a car coming up somewhat fast behind me. I am on the side of the road very close to the curb as the driver passes me. He gives me less than 2 feet of space. JHC! He was close.
All his windows were down so I said, "give me some fucking room". He slams on his brakes, jumps out of his car and comes running at me. He is shaking with anger and his fists are tightly closed. He starts threatening to kick my ass while swearing profanities at me. "give me a reason" he kept saying. As there was noone else around, on top of the fact this guy was insanely angry and a lot bigger than me, I wisely kept the bike between the 2 of us as I attempted to walk backwards to leave the situation. He was so angry and continued to threaten me for another minute or so before getting back into his car and taking off. Good thing no one was crossing the intersection on the trail as the driver blew right thru the stop sign and headed up the hill.
The guy is around 45-50, white angry male, buzz haircut, over 6'0. He drives an Oldsmobile that is maroon/red with plates: WDA 637. Be careful he appears to be rather angry at life or completely methed out.
I made a report to the Gresham Police and the officer said he knew the guy. The officer was surprised that this guy would behave in such a manner considering who he was but more importantly who his wife is and what she does. This piqued my interest, but ws unable to find out who he was.
With so many bike fatalities in the near past, I think it is important to be extra careful out there. If you commute anywhere in Gresham, look out for this guy.
PS: I know that the freeskool is having radical botany classes. Anyone want to start a free self-defense class for us 150 pounders?