Bicyclists Catch Hit-and-Run on Camera, Suspect Arrested

Two men appeared to escape major injuries after a driver crashed into them in Berkeley.

By Sajid Farooq and Mike Anderson
|  Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 9:58 PM PDT
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Berkeley Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested

A car drives off after striking two bicyclists near the Oakland-Berkeley border.

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UPDATE: Friday afternoon, Berkeley Police arrested 43-year-old Michael Patrick Medaglia, of Oakland. Medaglia is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in Wednesday's hit-and-run, police said.

After the hit-and-run, Medaglia told police his vehicle was stolen and an alert was placed on the vehicle, police said. After police found the vehicle Friday morning, officers were led to Oakland's Jack London Inn at 444 Embarcadero West.

Medaglia was arrested at the inn on suspicion of possession of heroin, being a felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation and felony hit-and-run.

Medaglia was taken into custody without incident, police said.

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It hasn't quite gone viral yet but a video showing two bicyclists being struck by a car in Berkeley on Wednesday afternoon has caught the attention of thousands.

A man named "Bruno" on YouTube posted a four-minute clip (below) of him riding his bike with his friend on Old Tunnel Road near highways 13 and 24, when his friend was clipped by a car. On Friday afternoon, the video had been viewed 21,000 times and had 175 comments.

The video shows what appears to be a black Acura Integra that veers to the right side of the road and knocks the two riders to the ground before continuing to drive off. The riders were wearing helmets, and suffered a few bruises, but were otherwise uninjured, according to Berkeley police.

Still, the incident was jarring -- and captured on video by one of the riders who had a camera strapped to his bike. The cyclists turned the video in as evidence to police.

"Yesterday I went to the police department and I reported the crime," Bruno wrote on YouTube. "I also gave the video to the police officer. It was possible to identify the number of the car on the video. The police have located the car and the owner. Now I'm waiting for the return of the police on the case."

A message left for Bruno Friday morning was not immediately returned.

The Oakland Tribune reports that adding a bike lane to the area has been discussed by Caltrans and the cities of Oakland and Berkeley.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900.

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