Oct. 3, 2014 — The St. Louis County Police Department has Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer with 2 felonies in connection with allegations that he intentionally ran a bicyclist off the road with his car.
Furrer was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree property damage, according to reports in the Call online newspaper. Both charges are felonies.
Furrer’s attorney is quoted: “We will vigorously defend this case, we will take it to trial, and we expect to win. While Mark would like to give a statement, we have advised him to wait until the trial.”
Aug. 1, 2014 — Accusations are flying back and forth in the St. Louis suburb of Sunset Hills, Missouri, where the mayor is accused of sideswiping a cyclist after a rolling argument.
No charges were filed by local police, and an outside law enforcement agency is conducting an investigation.
Cyclist Randy Murdick writes on this Facebook page that he was riding down the road when a Mercedes convertible comes up alongside him, and the driver starts yelling, “Get off my roads, get off my roads.”
Murdick admits that he yelled back at the motorist, both exchanging profanities.
“After what seemed like ten seconds of this he whips his car to the right hitting me on the left side of my body knocking the bike out from under me. My left arm hooked the back of the passenger door and he gunned it flinging me off onto the road. This all happened around 20mph.”
A truck driver heading the opposite direction saw the whole thing, and wheeled around and chased down the driver.
Murdick went to the hospital where he was treated for a torn Achilles tendon and bruises, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The cyclist and the attorney returned to the Sunset Hills Police Department to make sure charges would be filed, and they learned it was the town’s mayor — Mark Furrer — who was behind the wheel of the red 1991 Mercedes 300SL convertible.
Furrer told the Post-Dispatch that he began yelling after the cyclist ran a stop sign, which Murdick denies.
The mayor continues: “He caught me off guard, frankly. Because I would have expected him to stop. He came around the corner at a pretty good clip on some fancy bike. Frankly, it’s my mistake, I shouldn’t have engaged him and I tell everybody I know, never engage them.”
Furrer claims that the cyclist grabbed onto car, then tumbled off. Furrer said he didn’t swerve or speed up, and he turned the car around at the first opportunity.
The crash happened on Tuesday afternoon, and the Sunset Hills police said they might have a report by Friday. AP reports that the St. Louis County police are now taking over the investigation.
@LoveofCycling @BikingBis Same county that doesn’t install bike lanes because few people bike (b/c it isn’t safe) http://streetsblog.net/2011/11/23/st-louis-county-we-dont-build-bike-lanes-because-no-one-bikes/ …