Pregnant woman allegedly assaulted by cyclist in Vancouver

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Do you recognize this man? He allegedly physically assaulted a pregnant woman while riding his bicycle in Vancouver on Friday night.

According to a Facebook post by Mandy Pappas, she was on her way to vote at an advanced polling station when she was allegedly nearly hit by a cyclist who failed to stop a stop sign.

The man turned his bike around after Pappas yelled at him, and then he allegedly proceeded to hit and knock her over. She tried to hold onto the man’s backpack to keep him at the scene of the incident, but she was unable to do so.

Vancouver Police responded to the incident, however, they were not able to find the cyclist, according to Global News.

A witness captured a close-up photo of the cyclist’s face, which has since gone viral on social media. At the time of this article’s publication, the photo has been shared on Facebook more than 5,300 times.

Pappas, who says she is five months pregnant, was sent to hospital for an examination to check whether the baby was affected by the impact to the ground. An update on her Facebook post this afternoon indicates the baby remains healthy, but she is badly bruised on her knees, thighs and arms.

“It’s so upsetting that someone could even do such a thing – with full intention of injury,” she wrote. “I’m doing well… But more importantly the baby is doing fine… such a relief.”

“Let’s hope that these posts, sharing my story and the news tonight will help to bring positive change to the streets of Vancouver and the culture of cycling. All we want is a safe neighbourhood to raise our family and to have all those who use the road abide by the laws of the road.”

Anyone who may know the identity of the man is asked to contact the Vancouver Police. Vancity Buzz has reached out to both Pappas and police for further comment.

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