HUDSON — A Eureka man faces two traffic citations and an initial charge of reckless conduct related to an accident Tuesday that left a bicyclist seriously injured.
Randy Crump, 61, was released after posting his driver's license on citations charging him with reckless driving and reckless conduct. An additional misdemeanor charge accuses him of causing bodily harm by following a cyclist too closely.
The bicyclist, Dean Davis of Bloomington, was listed in fair condition Wednesday at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. He was injured while riding with a group of cyclists on a rural McLean County road.
Crump, a retired Eureka school superintendent, denied Wednesday that he intentionally tried to harm or harass the cyclists.
"I have nothing against them. I respect them 100 percent," Crump said of the riders, adding he regretted the accident that occurred as he was trying to pass the group.
McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said the accident remains under investigation.
According to Kelly Reiter, organizer of the Tuesday Night Time Trials group in which cyclists peddle a 20-kilometer route, Crump first approached her bike from behind and honked aggressively before passing her and slamming on his brakes just ahead of her.
She said he repeated that action several times with other cyclists in the group before forcing the victim off the road.
"Everybody was scared and shook up," in the group of about 10 riders involved in the 6:30 p.m. accident on 2250 North Road 1000 Road in White Oak Township.
Kris Hohulin, a second rider, described what she said was aggressive behavior by the driver.
"The guy started into a road rage. What bothered me so much was he was using his car as a weapon," said Hohulin.
Riders called 911 after Davis left the roadway and McLean County sheriff's deputies arrested Crump, who was at the scene when they arrived.
Hohulin, a nurse from Peoria, said she was told Wednesday that Davis suffered a serious back injury in the crash.
The reckless conduct charge is a reminder to drivers to use caution when approaching people riding bikes, said Hohulin.
"People need to slow down and be respectful," she said.
Another driver who saw the incident stopped and assisted the group, according to Hohulin.