A Fort Mill bicyclist declined to prosecute a driver who forced him off the road Sunday afternoon.

   The 40-year-old bicyclist was riding at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday on Whites Road toward Waterside at the Catawba subdivision when a black Nissan Rogue tried to pass him on the left, according to a Fort Mill Police Report.

   “The vehicle drove close to his bicycle and the passenger-side mirror made light contact with his left elbow,” a police report says. “He had to ride off of the roadway.”

The man told police that he wasn’t injured but he feared the incident could have been worse. So he followed the driver into Pecan Ridge Subdivision and got the man’s license plate number.

   A police officer located the driver, who confessed that he may have driven too close to the bicyclist. He said he didn’t feel like he actually made contact.  

   A police officer described the driver as “apologetic.” The man promised to be more cautious around cyclists in the future.

   The victim requested police to document the incident but advised he didn’t want to pursue charges against the driver.

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Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...

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