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John Diehl faces charges in 2011 bicycle collision

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More than nine months after a bicyclist was struck, allegedly intentionally, by a truck in Northeast D.C., the retired police officer who was behind the wheel isn't willing to say much.

The view from the cyclist's helmet cam shows the truck before the collision. (Photo: YouTube/WABAdc)

It was Aug. 31, 2011 when a cyclist riding in the 3000 block of Rhode Island Avenue Northeast was hit by a truck after the driver yelled at him from inside the vehicle. The entire incident was caught by a camera mounted on top of the rider's helmet.

The cyclist says that the truck yelled profanities at him and told him to move to the right. He then allegedly swerved to the right, knocked him down and kept going without stopping.

The video below, despite the audio being muffled, contains coarse language.

Luckily for the cyclist, his camera caught a tag number, which was traded to John Diehl, a Northeast resident who used to serve as a D.C. police officer. When tracked down at his home, Diehl said that his lawyer didn't want him talking about the case.

He's facing charges of leaving the scene of a collision and property damage, which were filed last December. The cyclist suffered hip and leg injuries, according to a D.C. Superior Court affidavit.

"We're hoping the U.S. Attorney gets involved with this and there will be more serious charges coming," Shane Farthing, the executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, said. Shortly after the incident, Farthing called for the driver of the truck to be arrested.

However, according to court documents filed last September, Diehl insisted to investigators that he wasn't there and that if he hit someone, he would stop to render aid. The documents also say that when investigators went to his home, they found that his green Toyota truck had a small dent in the rear passenger side fender.

"I wasn't there," Diehl said in his affidavit. "I didn't do it. I know nothing about it."

The truck also had two orange cones in the bed of the truck, which are visible in the video. When he was presented with the tape, Diehl said that "he didn't know what to make of (it)." However, when asked by police if it was his tag that was spotted on the vehicle, he said yes.

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