MPD: Out-of-control van nearly strikes bicyclist

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- A 39-year-old man said he was forced to ditch his bicycle on Friday night as he peddled on a Madison street.

Joel DeSpain, a spokesperson with the Madison Police Department, said it happened in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue just after 9:30 p.m.

“I thought it was gonna (expletive) hit me,” he told police after an out-of-control van came within two feet of striking him.

The victim and other witnesses said the driver was speeding when we lost control and began fish-tailing. The van left the road, slammed into a light pole and sign before coming to rest on the sidewalk.

DeSPain said the driver and a passenger walked away, but the bicyclist followed them until he could see police had made contact with the man and woman. At the crash site, someone began to clap and cheer after an officer was able to pull at the van’s steering wheel and get the horn to stop blaring. It had gotten jammed in the crash and had been continuously sounding from the time of the collision until the officer remedied the situation.

The driver, a 42-year-old man, was cited for operating while intoxicated – 2nd offense.