The incident occurred on Av Figueroa Alcorta near the intersection with Av Sarmiento, where the cycling group Masa Crítica were taking their monthly full moon outing. After being held up by the group, the taxi driver accelerated through the middle of them, hitting several cyclists before driving away.
Three cyclists were taken to hospital but released a few hours later.
Fifteen-year-old Federico Morris was one of the injured, after being hit by the taxi and carried on the bonnet for several metres. “I fell on the bonnet,” Morris told local press this morning. “The driver was accelerating and braking so that I would fall”
Morris managed to hold on the windscreen and only suffered minor injuries. In a video taken by a fellow cyclist, the taxi is scene steering through the cyclists, leaving a trail of sparks after Morris’ bicycle was trapped under the vehicle.
“The crazy actions of this guy are unforgivable,” another Masa Critica cyclist told C5N.
José Ibarra, secretary general of the taxi driver’s union, sympathised with the victims, but also criticised the actions of the Masa Crítica group. “They have no respect for the rules of the road,” Ibarra said in an interview with Radio 10. “There are thousands of them, and they run through red lights. If they need this type of activity, there are much safer places to do it.”
Masa Crítica congregates hundreds of cyclists on the first Sunday and the first night of a full moon every month for a ride through the city under the slogan “bikes yes, cars no!”.