An Oregon man was charged Wednesday with striking two bicyclists in August as they rode their bikes on a rural Fitchburg road, leaving both men with concussions.
John F. Dohm, 61, was charged with two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment for an incident on Aug. 26.
Dohm was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court:
The cyclists told police that the driver, later identified as Dohm, had passed them once after coming up behind them on Fitchburg Road, honking his horn, but they moved to one side to let him pass. One of the cyclists said he made a gesture to indicate, “What are you doing?” toward Dohm as he passed.
They told police that Dohm stopped down the road, got out of his car and asked them, “Do you want to talk?” The cyclists said they told him as they passed that they already had his license plate and did not need to speak to him.
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A short time later, the same car, a black Jaguar, tried to pass the cyclists again, but this time hit one of the bicycles, causing the rider to hit the other cyclist, and both fell off their bikes.
Dohm told police that when he passed the cyclists the first time, they were hostile toward him and used expletives.
When he pulled over to talk to them, he said, they again used expletives toward him.
When he passed the cyclists the second time, Dohm told police, one of them moved toward his car, causing the collision.
He said he did not intentionally strike them.
Police who inspected Dohm’s car saw four scuff marks down the passenger side, extending from the side mirror to the rear passenger door.
Both cyclists were diagnosed with concussions in addition to other scrapes and bruises.