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L.A. cab driver involved in Villaraigosa's bicycle fall didn't break traffic laws, mayor's office says

July 19, 2010 |  1:01 pm
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday that no traffic laws were broken when a taxi driver abruptly pulled out in front of him, causing him to fall from his bicycle and break his elbow over the weekend.

Villaraigosa thinks that the driver “wasn’t careful,” moving in front of him without using his signal, mayoral spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said. But he does not think any charges should be filed.

“The taxi driver could have exercised more caution but what he did was not on purpose and it wasn’t illegal,” she said. “He just wasn’t proceeding with caution.”

The accident occurred on Venice Boulevard, between Hervey and Hargis streets. Villaraigosa was riding with a member of his security detail when he hit his brakes suddenly, flipping over his bike. The mayor did not make any contact with the taxi.

The taxi driver stayed on the scene after the accident and gave his information to the mayor’s security detail, Hamilton said.

Villaraigosa was transported to UCLA Medical Center on Saturday night and had surgery on his elbow the following day. Because he was wearing a helmet at the time, he did not sustain a head injury during his fall, Hamilton said.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall