Not Again! Another Story Tells of Attack on Ballona Creek Trail

Late Friday, I received the following email after it had been forwarded a couple of times detailing another attack of a cyclist, David Santor, on the Ballona Creek Bike Trail.  The good news is the LAPD seems to recognize that there's a real problem on the trail and wants to do something about it.  However, the bad news certainly outweighs the good.

If you're a regular user of the trail, or would like to ride it for the first time in a group setting, the Livable Street's Network group "Concerned Cyclists of Ballona Creek" are sponsoring a ride this Saturday.

The following message is posted with the permission of the author:

On Thursday, October 16 at 4:30 P.M., I was doing my normal bike ride on Ballona Creek bike path I had just gone 23 miles out of 26 and was going about a speed of 19 and 4 hispanic guys about 15 -18 years of age(they had on jeans and t-shirts some with black T's and they ambushed me into the rail and I flew over the rail on the crew side. they started beating me up and wanted everything I had. I was in shock at first and did not know what happened. They kept shouting at me in foul language and asked from my IPod and anything else I had they continued to beat me until I realized what was happening and I finally shouted 911, 911, 911 and they ran away.  All they got my $2500 bike.  They wanted other stuff in pockets but they could not get into my pockets. I could not move much and stayed down until they left.  It was near the McConnell Ave. entrance less then a block west near the building.

As I got up a couple bikers passed me and saw me did not say anything.  Then another man on bike came and asked to call 911, which I had my phone on me and started to.  He advised of another couple almost got injured by guys with a knife, which I do not know his name or there story, he had left.  A gentleman from the building came out and advised he called 911 and they were on there way, which I had just gotten thru as well.  He advised this has been happening in the area recently, he left.  Another man on a bike saw me and he stayed until the ambulance got there.

I was praying and thankful that I was not killed or worst.  The fire department showed up first as I was laying on the ground, followed by police and ambulance.  They took me to Brotman Medical Center.  I am thankful for the kindness and care I was given by emergency and hospital staff.  I have wounds on my arms, leg and shoulder and broken collar bone and bruised neck, back, shoulder and lungs.  I will be seeing the orthopedic Monday to determine if he wants to do surgery. 

The police officers did tell me that there has been many problems on Ballona Creek path, because of the housing projects and they have not caught anyone.  They said they need to do something so this stops happening.

Thank you all for your kind words of sympathy.  I would like to help see the right thing happen, so others will not have to go through what I or others have gone through.  I will keep you posted on outcome and hopefully see you at event.