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Road Rager Who Punched Cyclist Apologizes in Court

DELAWARE (Tom Bosco) -- A Delaware County man was ordered to pay fines and more than $1,100 to a cyclist he injured in a road rage incident this summer.

Dave Chambers and his friends were on a Tuesday night bike ride in rural Delaware County when motorist William Hamilton allegedly became frustrated.

Chambers said Hamilton swerved to cut them off.

"All the cyclists crashed into each other," Chambers said. "I was in the back. I avoided the crash and stopped by his door."

The incident reportedly escalated.

"He got out of his truck and turned and swung at me and hit me," Chambers said.

The cyclist said Hamilton also threatened to get a gun.

On Tuesday, the motorist apologized in court. He pleaded no contest and was found guilty of the misdemeanor charges.

"It was a poor choice on my side," Hamilton said. "I should have kept going and realized it wasn't worth it. And I apologize to all the cyclists."

Central Ohio has seen a spate of drivers hitting cyclists.

In September, a Marysville woman was killed after being hit by a car. Weeks later, a St. Francis DeSales High School teacher was struck and killed in Delaware County.

Columbus Dispatch reporter and bike blogger Steve Whartenberg was critically injured when he was hit by a car.

Chambers said drivers need to be aware and accepting of cyclists on the roadways.

"Try not to get angry with cyclists for delaying your commute for five seconds," he said. "You'll get there."

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