As you know, there's a lot of tension and conflict between motorists and cyclists on the scenic, hilly roads outside San Antonio -- a rural area about 45 miles northeast of Tampa. Pasco County sheriff's deputies have been monitoring bicyclist groups to make sure cyclists pedal to the letter of the traffic law, stopping at every stop sign and staying to the right.
But Sandy Pacheco Pehl reports to me and also on Facebook about a dangerous incident caused by a pickup driver who threatened her cyclist group with violence and s gun recently.
According to Sandy, a pickup truck travelling faster than the speed limit stopped in front of the cyclists almost causing the group to crash into him.
"The driver and his friend get out of the truck and get in our faces yelling at us and carrying on completely blocking the road so we couldn't go around. When we didn't back down, the one guy informed us he had guns in the truck and he wasn't afraid to use on us," Sandy said.
Sandy explained further that this truck had multiple firefighter stickers on it. And she got a tag number.
Sandy also notes that she got a call from cyclist Joel Chavez and he told her the guy did, in fact, have a gun and threatended to use it and he wants to press charges.
The passenger in the pickup truck took the gun from the driver/gun owner, Sandy said.
Sandy said she called two deputies, and they are trying to find the driver as the truck is registered to a company not a person.
Sandy explains there are several witnesses.
"Our sport is so dangerous as it is and after John got stabbed (many of us are friends with him, myself included) I am not just gonna sit and let this kind of thing happen," Sandy says.