The person who spat on a cyclist last week as a result of she blocked him from driving within the Crescent Avenue protected bike lane as he tried to get round slower visitors close to the Queensboro Bridge is a recidivist reckless driver, convicted felon and infamous hothead whose automobile shouldn’t even be on the highway.
The spitter caught on digicam on Sept. 30 has been recognized by Streetsblog’s sources as David Sabedra, 50, of Astoria. The flowery white BMW he was driving when he hawked a loogie at bicycle owner Kara McCurdy has been nabbed 22 instances for rushing by metropolis school-zone cameras since simply Sept. 11, 2019. And Sabedra has racked up 16 speed-camera infractions since simply April 2 — sufficient to earn his automobile a boot underneath metropolis regulation (if Mayor de Blasio had actually funded implementation of said law, that’s).
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Sabedra — whom McCurdy recognized from a police mugshot — is sort of actually the poster baby for entitled, unaccountable drivers who proceed to drive regardless of a horrible report. His prior automobile, additionally a BMW, racked up 5 camera-issued rushing tickets and two camera-issued pink mild tickets from 2014 by way of 2018.
Along with his repeat violation of metropolis rushing legal guidelines — and keep in mind, our speed-camera tickets solely kick in when a driver exceeds the posted restrict by 11 miles per hour — Sabedra has been nabbed for rushing in Ohio (in 2017) and Pennsylvania (in 2015), courtroom paperwork disclose. In Pennsylvania, Sabedra was caught exceeding the posted 65 or 70 mile-per-hour restrict by greater than 25 miles per hour.
Sabedra’s violence is just not restricted to the roadways. In 2008, he was convicted of two felonies: prison possession of a managed substance and second-degree assault, courtroom data present. He served three years, based on the state Division of Corrections database.
Court docket paperwork additionally present that in 2012, Sabedra was accused by a fellow motorist of rear-ending her automobile on the Henry Hudson Parkway at round 96th Avenue.
“Sabedra was negligent in driving carelessly, in continuing at extreme charges of velocity, in failing to have his aforesaid motorcar underneath correct administration and management [and] in following too intently,” the sufferer’s courtroom paperwork alleged. That sufferer, whose title is being withheld by Streetsblog to guard her identification, stated she suffered “extreme and everlasting” accidents, together with “excessive and extreme bodily ache and agony.”
That case was settled in 2014 when Sabedra’s insurance coverage firm paid out an undisclosed quantity to the sufferer, courtroom paperwork present.
That is prison conduct, and particularly harmful through the pandemic.
— Sen. Mike Gianaris (@SenGianaris) October 2, 2020
He has not cleaned up his act since.
On Oct. 12, 2018, he pleaded responsible to a 2017 drunk-driving arrest, agreed to pay a $1,000 effective and accepted a one-year revocation of his license (plus a five-year probationary interval), based on public paperwork on the unified courtroom system web site. The revocation apparently has not begun; regardless of his plea, the sentence gained’t be formally handed down till Sabedra’s subsequent courtroom look on Oct. 26.
Overlapping that authorized hassle, on Dec. 25, 2019 (Christmas Day), Sabedra was arrested and charged with 5 misdemeanors, together with assault with intent to trigger damage, endangering a toddler, menacing, petit larceny and stopping one other individual from making an emergency name. He was additionally charged with harassment, a violation.
He was launched on his personal recognizance (which is attention-grabbing, on condition that his recognizance is that of a repeat offender) firstly of the coronavirus pandemic and can subsequent be in courtroom on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
McCurdy, the sufferer of Sabedra’s spit-take, stated she wasn’t shocked that the motive force was a jerk or that his report of recklessness was so in depth. However she stated the town can be a villain right here.
“The actual root of this concern is incomplete bike lanes from a metropolis that prioritizes drivers,” she stated, referring to Crescent Avenue, which isn’t totally protected against drivers, who can nonetheless entry the green-painted lane. “A lot of the viewers of the video are shocked due to the spitting, however that’s simply regular conduct from drivers. After all, we all know that, as cyclists.”
It’s unclear why an individual with this many prior convictions — a few of them violent and most of them for critical and repeat highway infractions — continues to be granted permission by New York State to function a motorcar (though he’ll doubtless lose that privilege, lastly, for a yr on Oct. 6).
“We get the drivers we deserve. A system which yields to this stage of brazen recklessness and delinquent conduct behind the wheel yields drivers like David Sabedra,” stated Transportation Options spokesman Joe Cutrufo.
Politicians and would-be pols within the neighborhood have been equally appalled — by the rudeness of the motive force and the rudeness of metropolis highway design. Within the case of Crescent Avenue, the two-way bike lane is protected by parked vehicles for a lot of its size, however within the block simply earlier than the Queensboro Bridge, the parking disappears. That’s the place Sabedra tried to race round different vehicles.
“The actions on this video are disturbing on so many ranges,” stated Council Member Costa Constantinides, whose Queens district contains a part of Crescent Avenue. “Particularly in a pandemic, he thinks it’s OK to spit on one other individual? He’s completely disgusting. Sadly, this isn’t the primary occasion of somebody overtly driving or parking within the bike lane we fought so onerous to safe. It’s going to take greater than paint and some indicators in regards to the new parking guidelines to let drivers know they lastly must share the highway. The DOT ought to implement bodily obstacles on the bike lane, notably because the highway narrows close to the bridge and parking not separates visitors.”
Evie Hantzopoulos, who hopes to succeed Costantinides within the twenty second District of Astoria, additionally referred to as on the town to do extra.
“These should not actually protected bike lanes,” she stated. “This sort of abuse is sure to occur given the sense of entitlement many drivers have and their disregard for security of cyclists and pedestrians — they weaponize their vehicles. We have to each change the attitudes of drivers who are suffering few penalties for breaking the regulation and create bike lanes which actually defend cyclists.”
Streetsblog left messages on all cellphone numbers listed for Sabedra within the LexisNexis database. We additionally left messages with two of Sabedra’s prior legal professionals. A name to the Florida Division of Motor Automobiles was not returned.