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Bicyclist Charged With Shooting Motorist in Fight Over Obscene Gesture
The Associated Press
Published: Feb 9, 2004

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A bicyclist shot a truck driver in the arm during a confrontation that began when the man pedaling the bike made an obscene gesture, police said.
Robert Urick, 41, was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

William Nicoletti, 51, told police that when he drove past Urick in his pickup truck Saturday, Urick made an obscene gesture.

Nicoletti said he turned around and drove toward Urick, who pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot, police said. Officers said Urick then reached into the truck and shot Nicoletti once in the arm, and rode away on his bike.

Nicoletti rammed Urick off his bike and they fought briefly until Urick fled again, police said.

Police said they arrested Urick, of Monroeville, later that day, and he told them he made the gesture because Nicoletti had told him to get off the road.

Urick remained in jail Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail. A hearing was set for Feb. 17.

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Nicoletti said he turned around and drove toward Urick, who pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot, police said. Officers said Urick then reached into the truck and shot Nicoletti once in the arm, and rode away on his bike.

Nicoletti rammed Urick off his bike and they fought briefly until Urick fled again, police said.
So let me get this straight. A person, driving a truck heads straight towards you on a bike and that is NOT assalt with a deadly weapon? The guy in the truck rams you off a bike and that is not a battery, ADW, attempted murder? I have to wonder why the truck drive has not been arrested and detained. He had an opportunity to flee (which most states require before you can assert self defense) and chose to instead use his vehicle as a weapon. Arguably the bike rider did not have the ability to fleey (truck would catch up and run him over). This simply does not make sense.
 
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