UPDATE: Chattanooga police have been able to identify the driver of the vehicle and the passenger accused of throwing an object at a cyclist Monday along Hickory Valley Road.

The driver, when questioned by police, confirmed the incident occurred and was able to identify the person in the Ford Edge's passenger seat, according to Rob Simmons, spokesman for the Chattanooga Police Department.

The suspect is a juvenile, 16-years-old, and police have filed a warrant in juvenile court.

They have not yet been able to find the suspect.

The Chattanooga Police Department says they will aggressively investigate any assault of vulnerable road users (such as cyclists and pedestrians).  

The state of Tennessee has a Safe Passing Law of 3 feet which will be enforced by all CPD officers, according to Simmons. 

More information can be found on the Chattanooga Safe Bicycling Initiative Facebook page.


PREVIOUS STORY: A Chattanooga man says he was assaulted while riding his bike. He told police the people responsible yelled a racial slur while they drove by him.

It was all caught on camera.

Charles Peacock says three cameras on his helmet and bike were recording during his ride down Hickory Valley Road.

“It was just uncalled for,” says Peacock.

A bandage wrap covers Charles Peacock's left arm just a week after he was assaulted on his bike.

Peacock says he took his normal route down Hickory Valley Road last Monday, when a Ford Edge SUV drove up from behind.

Peacock’s video shows two white people hanging out of the passenger window and sunroof.

“He was about 20 to 25 yards behind me. He was already out of the window from his waist, drawn back with the object in his hand, getting ready to throw it,” recalls Peacock.

As the SUV passed, Peacock says he felt something hit his arm. It appeared to be an empty bottle, but it's unclear what the suspect in the passenger seat was holding. 

“After they threw it, they said I got that (expletive) N-word,” says Peacock.

“I couldn't get a good look at him. Like I said my main focus right then was keeping control of that bike and keep from running out into traffic and getting hit,” says Peacock.

Peacock says his arm was sore and severely bruised.

“That's not the first time I had a racial slur said to me while riding a bike, but as far as someone to actually throw something at me like that, I feel like that's going too far,” says Peacock.

“They're not going to run me away. I'm going to keep riding,” adds Peacock.

Police are still looking for the people in the SUV. It was a black Ford Edge with Tennessee tag number: R17 84N

If you have any information call police at 423-698-2525.

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