Guilty Plea in Hit & Run Involving Bicyclist

Driver must complete anger management counseling

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 10:25 PM EDT
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Guilty Plea in Hit & Run Involving Bicyclist

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A D.C. man will have to complete anger management counseling, a drivers' safety course and perform 25 hours of community service in connection to a hit and run involving a bicyclist.

John Diehl, 57, pled guilty Tuesday to charges from the August 2011 incident. Prosecutors say Diehl used his truck to knock over a cyclist who'd been riding in the middle lane of Rhode Island Avenue.

Helmet cam video actually shows the exchange (WARNING: Link includes some profane language): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ7FSSzKkx8&feature=player_embedded

You can see the driver pull up next to the cyclist and say something. When the cyclist asks what he said, the driver says, "You heard me," before changing lanes, striking the cyclist.

Prosecutors said the cyclist suffered an injury to his shoulder in addition to road rash. The incident also damaged his bicycle.

Diehl has one year to complete all the terms of his plea deal. If he does not meet all the conditions, a judge will sentence him April 2, 2014.

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