According to witnesses, the cyclist got off his bike and shoved the elderly pedestrian backwards onto the roadway in the 2900 block of Northwest Avenue. The victim hit his head on the pavement, but was conscious with minor injuries when medics arrived.
"He came up behind me and pushed me," said victim William McCallum.
McCallum says the whole ordeal is pretty blurry after hitting his head on the pavement. He barely remembers being nearly run over by an SUV.
The driver of the oncoming SUV told police the bicyclist approached McCallum from behind and shoved him into the street.
"And the next thing I remember, I was looking up at this woman and she was saying 'I'm a nurse, don't move,' " McCallum said.
McCallum says he can't remember the incident as he blacked out but earlier in the day, he says says he'd seen a cyclist riding on the sidewalk in the same general area. He told the bike rider he should ride in the bike lane. But he couldn't be sure if that was the same cyclist who nearly killed him.
"Maybe it has something to do with me hitting my head when I struck the pavement -- I don't know," McCallum said.
Officers searched the neighborhood for the attacker, who is described as in his 30's, with dark hair and a beard, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, riding a black diamondback mountain bike with red handlebars and wheels.
Anyone with information is urged to call Bellingham police.