19 Oct 2014

Sorry I Ran You Over. Now Please Pay Me $2,000

A New York fashion photographer is suing a cyclist she rear-ended for the damage her Infiniti sustained while it was dragging his destroyed bike along the street 
Where can you mow down a cyclist, send him to the ICU for four days—and then demand thousands in damages for your troubles?

Right here in the U.S. of A., of course.

Kionnei Lyons, a 25-year-old fashion photographer, was behind the wheel of a dark gray Infiniti sedan when she accidentally struck artist John Roemer as he was pedaling along a New York City street in Williamsburg on May 14 at around 6 p.m. “I just got slammed from behind, and I didn’t know she was even close to me,” Roemer, 27, tells us in a phone interview.  

Roemer says he dodged certain death by rolling to the shoulder of the Brooklyn street, while his bike was dragged at least 30 feet. “I fell to the side, and the bike and the car kept going,” he says. “She had to stop because the steel frame was dragging.” 

Roemer, who does installation paintings, says Lyons got out of the car and asked him if he was alright. “’What happened?’’” he remembers her asking. “Are you OK?”

Roemer rested on the curb until a New York Police Department squad car arrived. So did Lyons’ boyfriend, who turned up after the police responded. Roemer says, “He was like, ‘What happened to my car?’”

The two of them stopped talking to Roemer after that, he says. To this day, he’s unclear how the accident happened. The cyclist suffered multiple fractures in his pelvis and was hospitalized in the ICU for three days. He says he’s still on the mend. “It’s not just the pain from the broken bones but the muscles in my leg and aches. There could be some nerve damage.”

Roemer says Lyons’ insurer reimbursed him for his totaled bike and his hospital bills—but now he may have to come up with $2,000 to pay Lyons back after she filed a small claims lawsuit three weeks ago. “It’s like, do you not get it?” Roemer says. “I don’t have $2,000.” 

But Lyons says the accident wasn’t her fault. “There was no bike lane,” she tells us. “There was a large truck that caused us to merge.” She’s upset about her car. “The car was not able to drive away at all,” she says.

Roemer says that’s untrue. Once the cops came and left, Roemer says he watched Lyons and her boyfriend drive off. “The inside of her wheel was kind of messed up, but afterwards the car drove away,” he says. “It was just like some cosmetic damage.”

Read More:http://www.vocativ.com/culture/society/bike-vs-car-accidents/


  1. Tatiana Covington19 October 2014 at 20:42

    His response should be: "Blow me for it on Youtube, bitch."

  2. This bitch needs to be HOUNDED to shame by the artist community in NYC. He needs to counter sue her for reckless endangerment if she wants to get litigious.

    Reminds me of cops who shoot you then arrest you and charge you after they were the ones who shot you.

  3. You want to sue me? OKay, are you right handed or left handed? Hope you have good health insurance for broken arms and legs.

  4. She has a $2,000 insurance deductible?

  5. It sounds as if the cyclist has been pretty reasonable up to this point. It's time to stop. A countersuit for pain and suffering--oh, say a couple'a million--is in order now.

  6. Get a good Lawyer, and counter sue!

  7. Nigger actually. Here's her twitter page:


  8. More black privilege. They are never held accountable for their actions.