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Meet the (Alleged) Road Rage Thug of Ninth Avenue: Gus Gonzalez
Posted By Ben Fried On June 25, 2009 @ 2:02 pm In Chelsea,Confrontations,NYPD,Robert Morgenthau,Street Safety,Traffic Justice | 30 Comments
So, based on the accumulated evidence, we can safely say that the man who allegedly blocked the Ninth Avenue bike lane with his 7,000 lb. Ford Excursion, exploded in a fit of rage when cyclist Ray Bengen tried to ride by without getting crushed, and sped off after knocking Ray to the ground (severely bruising his leg and damaging his bike), is this guy:
Here's how Streetsblog commenters crowd-sourced his identity:
It's worth mentioning here that third degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor, same as the criminal mischief charge filed against Ray Bengen. The message from Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office is clear: slapping an SUV with your palm in self-defense is tantamount to violently knocking someone to the pavement, injuring him, and driving away before the authorities arrive at the scene.
Which brings us to the reason we're posting Gus Gonzalez's name and photo. If you drive away from the scene of a confrontation after inflicting bodily harm on someone, and you get to preserve your anonymity, it's a license to act like a sociopath. Unless you are somehow identified and apprehended, you can go about your business and present yourself as someone who doesn't intentionally harm other people.
Even as this investigation unfolded, police did not tell Ray Bengen the name of his scene-fleeing assailant. That information usually doesn't come out until the case goes to court. Luckily, this time, there were witnesses and photographs.
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URLs in this post:
 name, address, and date of birth: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/06/23/da-files-charge-against-cyclist-attacked-by-suv-driver-in-9th-ave-bike-lane/#comment-72781
 photos of the confrontation: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/06/23/da-files-charge-against-cyclist-attacked-by-suv-driver-in-9th-ave-bike-lane/
 available through a reverse address look-up: http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReverseAddress?street=4018+169th+St&city_zip=Flushing&state_id=NY&localtime=survey
 Laura DiSpirito's Facebook page: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/06/23/da-files-charge-against-cyclist-attacked-by-suv-driver-in-9th-ave-bike-lane/#comment-72891
 visited the house in Flushing: http://wcbstv.com/local/ray.bengen.bike.2.1058298.html
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