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Hit 'n' run in Berkeley

A California motorist who is suspected of striking two bicyclists in Berkeley and speeding away has been arrested by police after a bike-mounted video camera captured his license plate number.

The video, posted on YouTube and viewed more than 200,000 times since Thursday, shows the black Acura’s license plate as it strikes Brazilian cyclist Bruno Gregory and his friend as they ride along Tunnel Road.

The camera was mounted on the trailing bike as Gregory wanted to watch the video for training purposes. Beyond a few cuts and scrapes, the two weren’t injured. They turned the footage over to the Oakland Police and posted it.

ABC News says the police technicians enhanced the video to read the license plate. The owner of the car, Michael Medaglia, 43, of Alameda claimed his car was stolen the day of the collision, but police arrested him anyway and charged him with felony hit and run, drug possession and violation of probation.

Here’s the video; the crash occurs at about 2:40.

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    • andy buchanan on April 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm
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    I hope they through the book at him or her !

    • TypeOne on April 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm
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    It’s a damned miracle those guys are alive.

    Only hit and run? That was attempted murder. I know a prosecutor would never be able to prove intent, but wow. There is no reason for that car to be in the shoulder traveling at the direction.

    I am not going to watch this again – too disturbing.

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