Rochester driver sues cyclist he struck for $700 in damages
A Rochester motorist who nearly killed a cyclist in January claims the two-wheeler was traveling an unlikely 60 miles per hour at the time of the collision — and wants $700 from his victim to cover damages to his car, Rochester’s City Newspaper reports.
Javonte Cook, 22, struck Bryan Agnello, 37, from behind around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 as Agnello, who was riding on the left side of the lane, slowed down to turn left off Culver Road, according to police reports.
Agnello was hauled to the hospital in an ambulance, but was not seriously injured, and no charges were filed.
A month later, however, Cook filed a $700 claim in Rochester City Court alleging that the cyclist — whom he claims not to have seen — was traveling 60 miles per hour at the time of the collision.
In an interview with the City Newspaper, Cook later claimed that the bike could have hit 80 miles per hour “depending on if it’s an expensive bike.”
“There was a lot of damage that was done to my car and I couldn’t even use it the whole weekend to make money off of my car,” he told the news outlet.
The fastest speed recorded at least year’s Tour de France was 63 miles per hour — on a downhill in the Alps, the newspaper said.
In response, Agnello sued for $2,500 for damages to his bike.
“If I could go 60 mph I wouldn’t be here, I’d be in the Olympics,” he told the paper.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court March 25.
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