Published Tuesday, February 28, 2006, in the Marin Independent Journal
Driver allegedly used bus to attack bicyclist
By Gary Klien
A Golden Gate Transit driver is facing potential prison time on
charges he intentionally ran a bicyclist off the road in Larkspur,
injuring the cyclist and crunching the $5,000 bike under the bus
James Pease, 60, of San Anselmo was charged Monday with assault
with a deadly weapon, vandalism and reckless driving causing bodily
injury, said Deputy District Attorney Linda Witong. The assault and
vandalism charges are felonies, and Pease could receive up to four
years in prison if convicted, Witong said.
Pease, who has not been arrested, is scheduled to appear in Marin
Superior Court on March 15.
"I have no comment," Pease said when reached by telephone Monday
The bicyclist, Christopher Mosher of Corte Madera, said he was
surprised to have survived the episode.
"I thought I was going to die when I saw that rear tire up on my
bike," said Mosher, 36, a general contractor. "I can't believe I
The incident occurred around 9:50 a.m. Feb. 5, a Sunday, along
southbound Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur. Mosher and numerous
witnesses told police the bus driver nearly squeezed Mosher off the
road several times from Bon Air Road to Ward Street, where he took
a turn and knocked the bicycle over.
"The bus was keeping pace with the bike and attempting to crowd
him into the cars," said Twin Cities police Sgt. Steven Fogle. "He
actually slowed down and waited for the bicyclist so he could crowd
him off the road."
When the bus took the turn at Ward Street, it cut the bicycle off
and struck it, sending Mosher to the ground and grinding the Trek
bicycle under the bus tires, Fogle said. Several witnesses called
911, and Pease stayed at the scene with the bus.
"When we approached the Left Bank (restaurant), over pulls the bus
and knocked that guy to the ground," said witness Jennifer Benane of
Fairfax, who was driving behind the bus. "He started yelling at the
guy, 'You hit my bus!' And then he stood there indignant and angry
at the guy who just got run down."
Authorities are investigating what prompted the incident. Mosher
said he did nothing to provoke the driver, but he did rap on the
bus' windows when it initially veered too close to him.
"I can't understand what was going on in his head," Mosher said.
Mary Currie, a spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and
Transportation District, said the district is investigating the
incident and that Pease is not currently driving.
But citing employee confidentiality rules, Currie declined to say
whether Pease has been suspended, whether he could face termination,
how long he has worked for the agency, and whether he has had other
complaints lodged against him.
"He's not behind the wheel and the disciplinary review process is
under way," she said.
Mosher suffered arm and leg scrapes and road rash in the collision,
but he declined a trip to the hospital at the scene.
He said he is not ruling out a lawsuit.
"I'm not sure where it's going to go at this point," he said. "I
would hope at the very least that the driver isn't on the road