Bike-Mounted Video Camera Leads To Arrest of Hit And Run Suspect

The video below shows two bicyclists who were struck by a car in Berkeley, California — victims of a hit and run. That would normally be the end of it except that one of the bicyclists had a bike-mounted camera and put the video on YouTube. Later police identified the Black Acura Integra of suspect Michael Medaglia, who was arrested.


The hit-and-run occurred around 4:30 p.m. when a black car veered directly into both bicyclists (at about the 2:40 mark). It is hard to see how the driver did not see the bicyclists at that point in the road.

Neither of the victims required hospitalization but did receive injuries. In an interesting twist, Medaglia later reported to the Oakland Police Department that his car had been stolen. The car was later found in Oakland. It gets a bit unclear from there. Medaglia was arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation and felony hit-and-run. Presumably, the police concluded that the crime report was an effort to cover-up the hit-and-run, but he was notably not charged with making a false police report.

What is amazing is that this would have been a simply matter of insurance — with minor injuries — but is now a major felony case.

Source: CBS

22 thoughts on “Bike-Mounted Video Camera Leads To Arrest of Hit And Run Suspect”

  1. ^^ OOPS! meant to say “Not saying what the man did was NOT wrong…”

    NOT. Obviously he was very wrong.

  2. Failure to stop for a stop sign while riding uphill in a residential neighborhood with very little traffic is just not the same as failure to stop for a stop sign in the middle of a busy traffic zone.
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    Tell that to the cop who pulls you over when you fail to stop at a stop sign while driving a vehicle. Not saying what the man did was wrong. He fled the scene and may have deliberately hit them (or perhaps meant to just scare them and miscalculate) Just pointing out that if a cyclist breaks the law and an accident results it may just possibly be that cyclist’s fault.

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    Josh 1, April 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

    If it had been a cop car that had accidentally run into the bikes, the bikers would probably be arrested and charged with “wiretapping” and have their apes destroyed…

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    Obviously that is not true, but if a cop car (or any car) accidentally ran into the bikes because the bikes failed to obey the law they probably would have been ticketed and may have had to pay for any repairs to the car.

  3. anon 1, April 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Failure to stop for a stop sign while riding uphill in a residential neighborhood with very little traffic is just not the same as failure to stop for a stop sign in the middle of a busy traffic zone.
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    Exactly what the Admiral said (when commenting on the Thelma and Louise thingy I mentioned) … guess ya had t’ be there …

  4. Anon – correct of course. I’d say that most experienced bicyclists are pretty aware of their vulnerability, and try not to put themselves in a position of danger. And that is not the same as observing every traffic law to a “t”. But you can’t explain that to some.

  5. Failure to stop for a stop sign while riding uphill in a residential neighborhood with very little traffic is just not the same as failure to stop for a stop sign in the middle of a busy traffic zone.

  6. DonS,
    as a fellow biker I agree. People have a tendency to forget how big and dangerous their vehicle is when they pass cyclists.

  7. I’m a cyclist, and appreciate there are several sides to the auto vs bikes equation.

    But any anger I have on my 25 pound bike really is not comparable to the potential damage of the rage of some fool in a 2500 lb missile.

  8. If it had been a cop car that had accidentally run into the bikes, the bikers would probably be arrested and charged with “wiretapping” and have their apes destroyed…

  9. What Oro Lee said.

    “Suspicion of possession of heroin.” Was/should there be a test by authorities to possibly determine driving under the influence of illegal drugs?

  10. @rafflaw: I tend to agree. At first viewing, it seems as if this was not an accident so much as a purposeful attack. I’ve heard of such things — drivers that can’t stand cyclists — and in my younger days as a motorcycle rider more than once had to deal with car and truck drivers that didn’t seem to think I had any right to be on the road at all. (Was once passed by a car in my own lane. He just pushed right up in there and if I hadn’t moved over to the edge of my lane, he’d have no doubt hit me.)

  11. Felon in possession of ammunition. Never heard of that one. That legislature has cannon balls.

  12. Throw the book and some jail time at the driver — and a couple of fail to stop citations at the cyclists.

  13. I guess watching by camera is not always bad.

    I found a Pentagon video presentation given by an Admiral that seems to indicate they were watching Dredd Blog. The video is at the end of the post.

    The Admiral used “all weather is local” and a Thelma & Louise photo that were put up on my blog a year or two prior to the Admiral’s presentation.

    Saving lives is cool, even when done by candid vision camera.

  14. OS,

    So long as there are DCs…. There will always be a need for attorney’s……

  15. AY, the residuals need to go to the victim, not the dumb crook. I wonder how the producers work that issue?

  16. Good point raff…..

    OS, DCs makes sure of continual employment…..

  17. That was an amazing video. It looked like he was aiming at the bikes. This driver is lucky he ddn’t kill someone. Good example why helmets are important.

  18. I have often said that “dumb crook” is redundant. Wonder if he will make the editor’s cut on the “World’s Dumbest Crooks” TV show?

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