An investment banker at a prominent Manhattan firm has been accused of dooring a cyclist in Manhattan yesterday and then fleeing the scene. A staffer from Complex claims to have witnessed Harry Wagner, managing director of the investment bank Allen & Company, "violently door" a person on a Citi Bike on Friday afternoon.
The incident occurred on Sixth Avenue between 53rd and 54th Street. Wagner allegedly opened the door of a towncar, sending the cyclist tumbling over his handlebars and onto the pavement. He hit his head on the ground, and suffered a severe laceration on his left ring finger. The back of his head was also bleeding, and the man was disoriented. Complex writes about what happened next:
After hitting the cyclist, the man who doored him, Wagner, emerged from the back of the Lincoln Towncar (that belonged to BPTG Car Service) and quickly pulled him to his feet. Wagner then threw a business card to his driver and took off running towards 54th and Fifth Avenue, even as witnesses yelled at him to come back. “It's just a cut, he's fine,” the staffer told us Wagner said, before adding, “The driver knows me, I ride with him all the time.”
The driver of the Towncar stayed at the scene and waited for an ambulance to come and take the cyclist to the hospital. That driver added that he had never driven Wagner before, and only knew him as "a VIP client headed to a meeting with Coca Cola in a building on Fifth Avenue."
Earlier this year, Wagner helped Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Inc.; Wagner was cited by the Wall Street Journal as a key person in Allen helping Dropbox raise $350 million in an investment round as well.
We've contacted Wagner for comment.