A man who was allegedly involved in an altercation with a pregnant woman in Vancouver on Friday night has come forward to Vancouver Police.
Over the weekend, Mandy Pappas shared a photo of the man who allegedly physically assaulted her after she yelled at him for cycling past a stop sign at the intersection of York Avenue and Cypress Street in Kitsilano. According to the Facebook post, Pappas alleges he turned around and pushed her to the ground before fleeing the scene. A witness captured a photo of the man, which has since gone viral with over 15,100 shares in just 42 hours.
At the time, the five month pregnant woman was on her way to an advanced polling station. A hospital examination conducted after the incident indicates the baby remains healthy.
However, the man at the centre of the allegations paints a different picture of what unfolded that evening.
The man, who is not a local and is accustomed to European traffic laws, told Vancity Buzz the incident occurred while he was on his way home from work. Here is the full statement:
At the stop sign at the corner York and Cypress, I decelerated but I cannot recall if I came to a full stop. I quickly re-accelerated. I saw a woman crossing the street on foot in front of me. I was aware of her the whole time and drove by her with a safe distance.
At the time I was not aware of the fact that it was her right of way. European traffic laws differ in that point. After I was passing she yelled “There is a stop sign! Asshole!” at me. I was not aware of any wrongdoing so I turned around to talk to her.
I was accelerating quickly and my intention was to come to a sudden stop right next to her to talk to her about her comment. The moment I came close to her she turned towards me and grabbed my handlebars. We both fell down to the ground. I didn’t intend that and was also shocked.
The collision happened at relatively low speed since I was intending to stop next to her. When we got up I wanted to talk to her, but she would not listen. When she called her husband I thought it might be better to leave, since she was already very agitated and I did not want to have a possible fight with him.
I realize now that it could have seem to her that I was trying to intentionally hit her. My flashing light might have blinded her and she might therefore have thought that I was trying to hit her. This was not my intention. I deeply regret the accident.
The identity of the man has been withheld as releasing the name would put the individual’s safety at risk. Vancouver Police are investigating the incident.