The former attorney general, who was driving his Saab convertible in the congested traffic, and the cyclist reportedly bumped into each other. After the collision the cyclist lunged at the driver, leading to exchange of words. As the politician tried to drive away, the cyclist grabbed the side of the car and was dragged along.
"What I saw was the car speeding up the wrong side of the road, with the injured man on the driver's side of the car holding on as tight as he could,'' an eyewitness told a local TV channel. "And then the driver of the car pushing up against the curb, trying to knock him off on the poles as he went down the opposite side of the road,'' the eyewitness said.
Police said the cyclist didn't let go of the politician's car till he hit a mailbox on the roadside and was then run over by the back tires of the car.