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SMITH: An angry man goes home

Harry Smith, 81, of Oakmont is out of jail. And some people who have encountered him over the years will tell you we had better be extra cautious on the streets, especially when we're on bikes.

Long before Smith's arrest Saturday on suspicion that he rammed his car into cyclist Toraj Soltani, his behavior caused people at taverns and on golf courses to wonder what his problem was.

Golfer Tony Kielhofer recalled that more than five years ago Smith threatened him and the late Jack Levar with a golf club in the Oakmont clubhouse.

Kielhofer said Smith, a man with a slight build and hair-trigger temper, was agitated over a score and was so threatening to Levar that Kielhofer intervened.

Kielhofer said he's the better part of a foot taller than Smith and much heavier, but that didn't stop Smith from threatening to take the club to him.

"There's no trying to explain things to him," Kielhofer said. "He flies off the handle."

Among others who say they've felt Smith's wrath is cyclist Rose Zoia, who led police to Smith with the license number she jotted when a profane older man verbally accosted her on an Oakmont street last fall.

Toraj Soltani, who suffered a severely broken wrist and other injuries when a motorist chased him onto an Oakmont golf course last Thursday, said he had a previous run-in with Smith, too.

Toraj said he was riding through Oakmont in the past two months when a man he now concludes was Smith drove up and shouted profanities and demanded he get out of Oakmont.

"The guy cusses profusely," Toraj said.


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