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Attempted murder charge in Critical Mass ride gone wrong

Ecotrope | March 2, 2011 5:51 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:40 p.m.

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I hesitated yesterday to post this video of a car deliberately driving into a Critical Mass bike ride in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre because it’s a little gruesome. But now it’s up on the New York Times site. The driver injured at least 40 people, some seriously.

Police have a suspect who could be charged with attempted murder. It’s an extreme example of cars vs. bikes conflicts that are playing out in a lot of cities in the U.S.

The Telegraph reports the driver being held by police is prepared to argue self-defense:

Mr Neis’s lawyer, Luis Fernando Coimbra Albino, told the Brazilian news website Zero Hora that his client would plead that he acted in defence of himself and his 15-year-old son.

He said Mr Neis had felt threatened after cyclists started to bang on his car roof and broke its windows.

“He felt cornered, he acted to protect his son who was in the car”, said Mr Albino.

Brazilian media reported that Mr Neis could face charges of attempted murder if it is shown that he acted deliberately.

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