Cyclist allegedly attacks woman, husband

Johannesburg – An enraged cyclist allegedly struck a woman in the face and threw hot coffee at her husband after she hooted at him near the Cradle of Humankind on the weekend.

Samantha van den Heever was driving to meet a friend at a lion park around 09:00 on Sunday when a cyclist moved from the emergency lane into her lane to overtake other cyclists near a blind turn. She braked hard and hooted, Netwerk24 reported on Tuesday.

"I hooted, just to warn him that I was there. I couldn’t swerve because I couldn’t see if another vehicle was approaching," Van den Heever said. 

When she stopped, the cyclist allegedly started hitting her car. "And when I got out to ask him what his problem was, he started attacking me," she said. 

Another cyclist, Simon Riekert, who came to her aid, said the other cyclist was foaming at the mouth. 

"I told him not to hit the woman and he attacked me too," Riekert said. 

He said he grabbed the man’s bicycle and used it to defend Van den Heever and himself. 

"He finally drove off, but kept on swearing," Riekert said. 

Van den Heever and her husband Gavin were on their way to the Muldersdrift police station to lay a charge after the attack when they spotted their alleged attacker at a bistro. 

When Gavin got out of the car to ask the man’s name, the cylist allegedly threw his coffee over him and struck him with the cup. Gavin had to have two stitches in his lip, and had root canal work and a crown done on Monday. 

The Van den Heevers laid a charge on Tuesday.

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