A bicycle rider is dead and a pickup driver in custody following an unusual road rage incident in Taylor Wednesday evening. Charges have not yet been filed against the driver, who fired the deadly bullet.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Telegraph and Northline Road.
Witnesses told police that the bicyclist attempted a crossing against a red pedestrian signal. That put the bicycle in the path of a pickup truck operated by a 46-year-old Taylor man.
The bicycle apparently had an impact with the right front quarter panel of the truck, as evidenced in photos. The bicyclist was knocked down.
Witnesses said the rider got up and, enraged, verbally and physically attacked the truck driver. Though the driver never left the cab, he was punched repeatedly.
At some point, the driver pulled a gun and shot the bicyclist in the chest. Then he called 911 and waited for police.
The rider was rushed to a hospital, where he later died in surgery.
Police are holding the driver pending any charges against him, a matter to be determined by the prosecutor.
Expect some form of homicide charge, as it would be hard for the driver to maintain that he was in fear for his life or of great bodily injury.