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Cameras Are Cyclists’ ‘Black Boxes’ in Accidents

Evan Wilder, who commutes to his job in Washington, was hit by a driver who cursed at him.
Evan Wilder, who commutes to his job in Washington, was hit by a driver who cursed at him.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times
By Nick Wingfield
July 20, 2012

WASHINGTON — When Evan Wilder went flying onto the pavement during his bicycle commute one morning here, he didn’t have time to notice the license plate of the pickup truck that had sideswiped him after its driver hurled a curse at him. Nor did a witness driving another car.

But the video camera Mr. Wilder had strapped to his head caught the whole episode. After watching a recording of the incident later, Mr. Wilder gave the license plate number to the police and a suspect was eventually charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

“Without the video, we wouldn’t know who did it,” said Mr. Wilder, 33, who was bruised and scraped in the crash. source

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