Bellingham bicyclist shoves 70-year-old man into traffic

Courtesy Bellingham Police

BELLINGHAM, Wash - Bellingham Police need your help finding a bicyclist who reportedly shoved a 70-year-old man into traffic on Friday morning.

The man was walking on the sidewalk on Northwest Avenue near Illinois Street when the bicyclist rode up from behind the man and pushed him off the sidewalk, a witness said.  The witness was the driver of an SUV, that almost ran over the man in the street, the Bellingham Herald reported.

The victim hit his head and may have blacked out, although he reportedly was talking to firefighters when he was loaded into an ambulance, the paper reported.

The man told police that earlier in the day he had seen a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk in the same general area.

The victim told the cyclist that he should probably ride in the street. The victim wasn't positively sure that the bicyclist and the suspect were the same person.

Police searched the area for the bicyclist but could not locate him.

The Herald said that police describe the man as Caucasian with dark hair, about 5-foot-8 inches tall, approximately in his 30s, with an unshaven appearance. He wore a dark T-shirt and khaki cargo pants and carried a black backpack with a white emblem.

The victim's condition was not immediately known.