Tuesday, August 5, 2014

LISTEN: 911 Callers Tell Dispatcher Sunset Hills Mayor Ran Cyclist Off the Road

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Mayor Mark Furrer's Mercedes parked outside Sunset Hills City Hall. - TOM CARLSON
  • Tom Carlson
  • Mayor Mark Furrer's Mercedes parked outside Sunset Hills City Hall.

In 911 calls made after Sunset Hills mayor Mark Furrer and cyclist Randy Murdick collided last week, Murdick tells dispatchers he was run off the road by a car, and a witness screams at the driver to stop leaving the scene.

The full two-minute audio clip, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, records two callers, a witness and Murdick himself, describing a hit-and-run.

"I want to report a hit-and-run over here on Old Gravois Road, right here by Delta Dental," the witness tells the 911 dispatcher, later saying, "The guy hit a bicyclist, drove off and then turned around and came back."

The witness asks for a police officer and says the cyclist doesn't seem to need emergency medical services.

See also: Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer Accused of Intentionally Striking Cyclist with His Car

click to enlarge A close-up of Randy Murdick's injured right leg. - COURTESY RANDY MURDICK
  • Courtesy Randy Murdick
  • A close-up of Randy Murdick's injured right leg.

While the caller is describing the incident, his father is shouting at Furrer in the background, trying to stop him from leaving.

"Pull over, pull over!" the father can be heard saying. "You just hit that guy and took off!" The dispatcher asks for a license plate number for the vehicle but interrupts to demand that the caller's father stop antagonizing the driver.

Later, Murdick calls the dispatcher, who immediately identifies him as the cyclist hit in the accident.

"Are you hurt?" she asks. Murdick hesitates before answering, "I'm fine." Murdick would learn later at the hospital that his Achilles tendon is torn and his tailbone is bruised.

"The guy that run me off the road is here," Murdick tells the dispatcher, who warns him not to "have words" with him.

Murdick says Furrer deliberately swerved into him with his red Mercedes convertible Tuesday and screamed, "Get off my fucking roads!" Furrer denies purposefully hitting or yelling at Murdick and says it was Murdick who grabbed on to his car before falling.

Hundreds of cyclist turned out to Sunset Hills over the weekend for a solidarity ride through the St. Louis suburb, and some activists held a rally for cyclist safety in front of city hall Monday.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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