Bicyclist Arrested for Beating, Badly Injuring Driver in Mill Valley Road Rage Dispute

By Bay City News Service:

A Kentfield bicyclist has been arrested for allegedly violently assaulting and injuring a man over an apparent road rage incident in Mill Valley earlier this month, police said Friday.

The assault happened around 5 p.m. on April 16 near the intersection of East Blithedale Avenue and Camino Alto Avenue, according to police.

Mill Valley police Officer Rob Dehner was in the area of Camino Alto Avenue when he heard the sounds of car horns and people shouting. As he drove toward the noise to investigate, police dispatch began getting multiple 911 calls reporting an assault happening at the intersection of Camino Alto and East Blithedale avenues, according to police.

Police said Dehner arrived on the scene to find many people standing around a man lying in the street with blood on his face and on the ground.

The victim was taken to a hospital with serious injuries and later released.

Investigators learned that a man on a bicycle had gotten into a traffic dispute with the victim, who had been driving his small pickup truck.

The dispute turned violent and the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Jeffery Smock, started assaulting the driver, police said.

Police located and arrested Smock on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked him into Marin County Jail.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to call Mill Valley police Detective Sgt. Steven Heisinger at (415) 389-4100. Anonymous tips may be given by calling (415) 721-4547.

rugbyref April 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM
The article is flawed and incomplete. It's been reported that the two people in the truck were both drunk and got out of the vehicle to assualt the cyclist.
Antonio Palicci April 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM
It's disappointing that even after this news has been updated, Patch decides to post the old, horribly flawed initial version on their site. If you'd like to read the whole story, click here: http://www.cyclelicio.us/2014/mill-valley-bicycle-road-rage-arrest/
Thomas Cannon April 30, 2014 at 08:06 PM
The bike can can explain his violent assault. HE cannot justify it, unless he was demonstrably attacked. Seems he will have a hard time finding a witness to 'Document his valiant (What ? defense??) kicking a person bloody, (clearly down on the ground). Lawyer up as this biker is out some serious legal fees at a minimum and a serious charge--he is in big trouble. If he did this outside a SOMA Club he would be in jail for a few years. No one else caused it. Assault is a violent act and a serious charge.
Ginny Walters April 30, 2014 at 11:36 PM
The guy is loaded. Lawyer fees are the least of his problem. I hope gets thrown in jail. Maybe some of the other cyclists on Camino Alto will learn some manners if one of their brethren has to pay for his actions.
Katie Kelly May 02, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Isn't it true that no charges have even been filed yet? Is there perhaps more to the story?


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