SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – A cyclist claims the mayor of Sunset Hills ran his car into him knocking him off his bike on purpose. The mayor claims that’s not true and insists the cyclist started it all. Sunset Hills Police are investigating which has the cyclist’s lawyer crying foul.
Randy Murdick has won state-wide cycling races. Murdick told about what happened Tuesday afternoon, “Literally hit me so hard it knocked the bike out from under me.”
Murdick said his achilles tendon was torn, and he was badly bruised plus his $12,000 dollar bike was damaged.
He said he was not far from Old Gravois Road and Kennerly Mayor Mark Furrer pulled up next to him in his red Mercedes and yelled at him. Murdick said “He kept hollering to get off his road.”
He said the mayor swerved into him knocking him off his bike injuring Murdick. Sunset hills police are investigating which does not please Michelle Funkenbusch who is Murdick’s attorney. She said, “It’s quite shocking the Sunset Hills Police did not call in a neighbor police station or State Police or St. Louis County Police to help in the investigation of their own mayor.” The Sunset Hills Police Chief said the mayor will not receive any special treatment.
Mayor Mark Furrer claimed Murdick’s charges are not true. Furrer said, “It makes me feel sick I’d never in a million years attempt to injure anyone especially with a car.” The mayor told a different story about Tuesday afternoon. He said he spotted Murdick running a stop sign and told Murdick he should have stopped. Furrer said Murdick unleashed profanities at the mayor, grabbed onto his car and something happened and Murdick fell. He said he did not try to run him off the road or told him to get off his road.
Murdick’s attorney is also an advocate for the safety of cyclists. She said she’s heard there may be a protest by cyclists against Sunset Hills this weekend. Furrer added, “I’m sorry, I hope this gentlemen is fine I did nothing intentional.” Funkenbusch said, it wasn’t as if an accident happened this was a crime.”
Murdick said because of his injuries he won’t be able to compete in races for several weeks. The police report could be ready as early as Friday.