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Mr Selfridge actor doors cyclist in Los Angeles

Rider needed stitches in chest, but police say no ticket issued to driver Jeremy Piven

A cyclist in Los Angeles needed to have stitches in a cut in his chest after Jeremy Piven, the star of the ITV series Mr Selfridge, opened his car door without looking, causing the rider to crash.

TMZ reports that the victim, a 44-year-old male had to be taken to hospital by ambulance following the incident, which happened near The Grove shopping mall.

The website added that police sources confirmed that Piven, who was at the wheel of his Cadillac, was believed to have been at fault.

However they said the 50-year-old, who also starred in the US TV series Entourage, had not received a ticket since officers did not see the incident.

According to TMZ, which said it had tried to contact Piven without receiving a reply as yet, a civil suit is likely to follow.

Opening the door of a car or other vehicle when moving traffic is present is governed by California's Vehicle Code, which says:

No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.

 

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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severs1966 | 7 years ago
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Police sources confirmed that Piven was believed to be at fault, but they decided that the best course of action was to not attempt to proceed further at all?

Of course - cops are drivers, Piven is a driver, cops hate bike riders, who at the instant of being on a bike, are not drivers...

Standard.

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GREGJONES | 7 years ago
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Sounds a lot like a diplomat in London

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Jamminatrix | 7 years ago
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This does not surprise educated Americans. OVER HALF of all drivers licenses issued in the state of California in 2015 were given to illegal aliens according to California department of motor vehicles. Yes, you read that right: Illegal aliens who cannot be held liable and will not face conviction - because the country doesn't want to waste tax dollars on prosecution. So instead of jailing them for crimes, they are to be deported; except federal government has given a stand down on deportation, so they get off scot-free and head back onto the streets.

No sane person should ride a bike in California - a state that empowers people who cannot read English (meaning, do not read traffic signage, understand writte law, etc), do not carry the necessary insurance, pay their fair share of registration and taxation, and can negligently mowdown cyclistswithout, pedestrians, or injury other motorists without conviction and skyrocket insurance costs.

unconstituted wrote:

No worries, sue him.

Curious... How do you bring a civil suit against an illegal alien??? Just finding any solid information on them to fill out the paperwork is near impossible. And then you have to get law enforcement involved when they skip town, or more often, do not even show up. And if they did...what do you sue them for? Their net worth: An old taco wrapping and $5 in their pocket? They're not even worth legal fees. And who enforces their payment after damages awarded?

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tritecommentbot replied to Jamminatrix | 7 years ago
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Jamminatrix wrote:

This does not surprise educated Americans. OVER HALF of all drivers licenses issued in the state of California in 2015 were given to illegal aliens according to California department of motor vehicles. Yes, you read that right: Illegal aliens who cannot be held liable and will not face conviction - because the country doesn't want to waste tax dollars on prosecution. So instead of jailing them for crimes, they are to be deported; except federal government has given a stand down on deportation, so they get off scot-free and head back onto the streets. No sane person should ride a bike in California - a state that empowers people who cannot read English (meaning, do not read traffic signage, understand writte law, etc), do not carry the necessary insurance, pay their fair share of registration and taxation, and can negligently mowdown cyclistswithout, pedestrians, or injury other motorists without conviction and skyrocket insurance costs.

unconstituted wrote:

No worries, sue him.

Curious... How do you bring a civil suit against an illegal alien??? Just finding any solid information on them to fill out the paperwork is near impossible. And then you have to get law enforcement involved when they skip town, or more often, do not even show up. And if they did...what do you sue them for? Their net worth: An old taco wrapping and $5 in their pocket? They're not even worth legal fees. And who enforces their payment after damages awarded?

 

Not sure what axe you've got to grind there but Piven certainly isn't an illegal alien and it's quite easy to sue him in the civil courts.

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Jamminatrix replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Not sure what axe you've got to grind there but Piven certainly isn't an illegal alien and it's quite easy to sue him in the civil courts.

I know, Piven is the only reason we're hearing about this.

My point is the state of California's attitude toward protection of its citizens: They simply do not care. The problem is much worse than anyone thinks.

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Bikebikebike replied to Jamminatrix | 7 years ago
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Jamminatrix wrote:

This does not surprise educated Americans. OVER HALF of all drivers licenses issued in the state of California in 2015 were given to illegal aliens according to California department of motor vehicles. Yes, you read that right: Illegal aliens who cannot be held liable and will not face conviction - because the country doesn't want to waste tax dollars on prosecution. So instead of jailing them for crimes, they are to be deported; except federal government has given a stand down on deportation, so they get off scot-free and head back onto the streets. No sane person should ride a bike in California - a state that empowers people who cannot read English (meaning, do not read traffic signage, understand writte law, etc), do not carry the necessary insurance, pay their fair share of registration and taxation, and can negligently mowdown cyclistswithout, pedestrians, or injury other motorists without conviction and skyrocket insurance costs.

unconstituted wrote:

No worries, sue him.

Curious... How do you bring a civil suit against an illegal alien??? Just finding any solid information on them to fill out the paperwork is near impossible. And then you have to get law enforcement involved when they skip town, or more often, do not even show up. And if they did...what do you sue them for? Their net worth: An old taco wrapping and $5 in their pocket? They're not even worth legal fees. And who enforces their payment after damages awarded?

So are you for or against Obama's decree on illegal migrants? Let me guess...

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handlebarcam | 7 years ago
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However they said the 50-year-old ... had not received a ticket since officers did not see the incident.

Wait, so in 'Murica, a crime is not a crime unless a cop sees it being perpertrated? When did that come in? They really are clearing the decks for when they need every uniformed thug they've got to crush dissent after a Trump election victory.

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tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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No worries, sue him.

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danthomascyclist | 7 years ago
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had not received a ticket since officers did not see the incident.

Such nonsense

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