Many car drivers see all roads as their roads, and if you happen to occupy some piece of street real estate that they feel entitled to, you might just experience their meltdown:
A 74-year-old Sanitation worker was viciously beaten with a shovel Saturday after an impatient motorist stuck behind his garbage truck went berserk.
Juan Ramos and a co-worker were picking up trash in Washington Heights about 6:30 a.m. when the motorist jumped from his car and began screaming at them to move.
When the angry man threw glass, Ramos’ colleague brandished a shovel at him. But the irate driver grabbed the shovel away, Ramos said, and his frightened co-worker drove off in their rig.
It’s a little odd that Ramos’ co-worker gave the assaillant a weapon with which to attack Ramos and then promptly took off, but that’s another story.
What is not surprising to any of us that have ridden bikes is road rage. That is, some lunatics in cars will do almost anything to get you off the road, even resorting to criminal physical violence.
Let’s put out an APB, catch the attacker, and make sure he gets the punishment he deserves. Who would attack a 74-year old man, especially one who was just doing his job? Let’s get some more details on this alleged criminal and seek justice for Mr. Ramos, and for society.