Police tell hit and run driver he's a naughty boy
The recent court cases reminded me of an accident I had earlier in the year.
Riding home from a group ride along London Road towards Romford I was riding along the marked cycle lane overtaking a stopped line of traffic at a set of lights.
This may be seen by some as bad practice but the cycle lane was full width and there was at least a foot of space between the cycle lane and the traffic, and the traffic was stationary with no HGVs.
As I was riding alongside a car the driver suddenly accelerted and swerved into the bike lane knocking me and my bike onto the pavement, Luckily I only had a slight injury and my bike was fine. The driver stopped and as soon as he saw he'd knocked a cyclist off he put his foot down and roared off round the first corner.
Although I had a lot of witnesses I eventually recieved a letter from the police saying they had decided not to prosecute for driving without due care and attention and had written to the driver to remind him of how to drive safely. No mention of being a hit and run.
I would like to thank the witnesses and the passers-by for their support if they happen to read this.But the police's attitude did make me feel like a second class citizen.
This post was edited by raymondox at 11:02am 24 September 2013.