by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:
ATLANTA - Atlanta police said a verbal altercation led to a hit-and-run that sent a cyclist to the hospital in serious condition.
Residents of Atlanta's Morningside neighborhood said the driver of a red SUV intentionally ran down a man on a bicycle on Flagler Avenue, dragging him around 50 feet before he ended up wedged under a parked vehicle.
"It's attempted murder as far as I'm concerned," neighbor Lee Scott told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri. "That's road rage in the worst degree."
Scott was one of several neighbors who ran to help the cyclist.
"The guy pulled up a little bit further and did a U-turn in the middle of the street and came flying down our street after him," Scott said.
Atlanta police Officer John Chafee said the incident came after some sort of verbal dispute between the men.
"It appears he dragged him a short distance and then he broke loose from the vehicle and slid under the vehicle," Chafee added.
The driver of the red SUV, which is described as possibly a Dodge Nitro, drove off.
Several neighbors ran to help the man by getting a jack to lift the parked vehicle off of him so he could breathe.
Scott said the man had bad injuries to his head and was breathing, but unconscious. She kept talking to him until first responders arrived.
Police said the cyclist went to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition, but was stable.
Authorities said the SUV that hit him likely has front end damage.