Knocked off - Hit & run

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Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby rebs » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:27 am

Well that was fun yesterday. On route yesterday morning to work down commercial road.

Saw a bus looking to pull out of a side road on the left. Wasn't 100% sure he saw me so started to move more to the middle of the lane. Turns out he did see me so kept going on as normal. 30 meters down the right a Black VW Passat he had stopped and appeared to be waiting for a gap in traffic to pass through. Seems clear that he had seen me.

Except just as I was passing him he seemed to accelerate very quickly and managed to hit me square on the side. This sent me flying... I remember hitting the pavement (not the road) which was some distance considering I was still riding primary on the road. As I hit the ground I saw the guy complete his turn into the road he wanted and simply drove off without stopping or saying a word!

I was feeling rough and totally winded. Ambulance was called followed by the police. Was eventually able to walk into the ambulance but shoulder felt to be a right mess. Was fortunatly that teh car behind me was able to get the full registration of the car and gave it to the police. gave details of what I saw, all I remember was a black VW passet.

Ambulance peopel were really cool. Soon as they were comfortable that I've not serious injuries (which condiering how much airtime I had I was supraised at) I was only 3 miles from my home so they offered to drop my bike home first before going to hospital as I had no locks for my bike! Really really appreciate that!

Once we got to hospital police had called to say that they have full CCTV of the incident and had managed to make an arrest as the guys number plate was flagged by Plate recognition cameras. Apperently he first tried to say he stopped and that I agreed it was ok for him to leave. This was a blatent lie and fortunatly the CCTV backs this up!

I had a witness who was also really helpful. Police have no said that that the guy is being charged with Dangerous driving and failure to stop at a traffic collision. Said it is very likely to be clear cut because of how damning the CCTV footage is which the officer saw as horific and was amazed that I did not have any serious injuries as I looked like a rag doll.

Little shaken but so greatful that everyone involved was amazing. People on the road, other drivers, ambulance crew and the police.

Now for the sad part... the bike
Was my pride and joy 2011 Felt AR5
Both wheelps are managled
right side crank is bent between the frame so it is no longer able to do a full revolution.. just gets jammed in the framce
front detailer is smashed also
I think the frame is slightly bent but it's hard to tell. Not been able to take to bike shop ye to get fully looked into.

I'm caked in bruises all on my left side and my shoulder is realy painful as it came out of the socket then right back in again (have done this before its not nice!). But feel realyl lucky it wasn't worse as it feels like it could have been.

Hell of a day!

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby roger merriman » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:31 am

Glad your okay ( in a walking wounded way) shame about the bike, yes one hell of day!

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby JonGinge » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:32 am

Oof. Glad you're mainly ok and the guy caught.

Sounds like game over for the bike :(
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby vermin » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:37 am

At least that might be another psychopath off the road for a while.

GWS.

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:38 am

nasty, glad your ok and able to start looking for a new "pride and joy"....

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby cyclingprop » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:40 am

Thankful you're OK, that the guy is caught and that the machine took the brunt not you.

Sounds like whiplash will be nasty (if you get it). If it's that clear cut, some compensation/insurance will get you a new ride... Concentrate on getting better first though...
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby Il Principe » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:41 am

Thank f*ck for the car behind you and the CCTV. Glad you are not too banged up. Annoying thing is that the driver will receive a pathetic punishment.

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby CookeeeMonster » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:45 am

Glad you're (mostly) ok - definitely the most important thing.

And I'm so glad this isn't one of them posts where the bas*ard gets away with it - hope you and the police take him to the cleaners. Just think of the shiny new bike you'll get out of it ;)

I ride down commercial road most days (until I turn off for cable st CS3), where was it? Anywhere near the fatality the other week? It's not the greatest road but I've always felt relatively safe in the bus lane...but saying that I've had enough examples of people pulling out on me from side roads in the days of me riding the full length on my vespa to know there are plenty of d*cks about round there.

Anyway, good luck with your recovery!
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby rjsterry » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:46 am

Sorry to hear you've had such a nasty incident and that the bike's a goner, but glad to hear that the case against the driver seems strong and you're relatively uninjured.
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby RobertSims » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:48 am

Crap - thank heavens you're ok. This stuff really freaks me out - if I do something stupid (drive up inside of lorries, too fast down a hill etc.) then that's my fault, but these 'random' events through no fault of your own is what makes me question my commute...but I enjoy it so much!

Get well soon and start looking for new bike!
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby vermin » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:49 am

Il Principe wrote:Thank f*ck for the car behind you and the CCTV. Glad you are not too banged up. Annoying thing is that the driver will receive a pathetic punishment.


Probably in criminal terms, but this should be an easy civil claim to pursue. The fool owes you a replacement bike and compensation for your injuries. Get some legal advice as soon as possible. Maybe he'll have to sell his lethal weapon to pay for your new bike.

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby mudcow007 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:01 pm

remember dude, bikes can be replaced...your body cant

glad your not badly hurt an hopefully the fuzz prosecutes him

so what new bike you going to buy???!
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby rebs » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:03 pm

Commercial Road I think is dangerous if you can't keep up with the slow traffic.

I was hit near the Blackwall Tunnel entrance. The guy who hit me tried to turn right into Newby Road. I was heading West whiel he was looking to turn right.

Wonder if it's possible to buy the footage from the council CCTV

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby Veronese68 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:05 pm

rjsterry wrote:Sorry to hear you've had such a nasty incident and that the bike's a goner, but glad to hear that the case against the driver seems strong and you're relatively uninjured.

Couldn't have put it better so I'll +1 this.

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby meanredspider » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:07 pm

So pleased you're mostly ok. So many idiots out there - great that it's so clear-cut too.

Given the number of times this week the motorways have been shut, there's going to be too many ruined xmases and lives.

Hope you make a swift recovery
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby London_Falcon » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:16 pm

rebs wrote:Wonder if it's possible to buy the footage from the council CCTV


Quick google search seems to suggest that they have to make it available, perhaps for a £10 fee?

http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_the_public/topic_specific_guides/cctv.aspx

Has anyone tried this?
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby CookeeeMonster » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:20 pm

rebs wrote:Commercial Road I think is dangerous if you can't keep up with the slow traffic.

I was hit near the Blackwall Tunnel entrance. The guy who hit me tried to turn right into Newby Road. I was heading West whiel he was looking to turn right.

Wonder if it's possible to buy the footage from the council CCTV


Well the accident happened around 200 foot from Tower Hamlets council headquarters so at least it's on your route ;)

It was East India Dock road you got hit then. I don't find it so bad during the morning (though I'll be extra careful now) but at night in rush hour it can be very dodgy. The bus lane is mostly empty other than cabbies and speeding motorbikes but the car lane is often stationary with plenty of side roads for cars to pull into/out of without looking. I've got a very bright front light but I'll always slow down a bit when approaching side roads as you know what can happen...
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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby Deegs » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:55 pm

Don't know if we would regard the punishment as pathetic/not, but it is likely to involve a spell inside:

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sent ... s_driving/

especially given the aggravating features (driving off and falsely claiming you had consented he did so and that he had stopped)

Plus he will be banned for some time. Good.

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby Asprilla » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:58 pm

vermin wrote:At least that might be another psychopath off the road for a while.

GWS.


I assume you mean the driver? ;)

GWS rebs.

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Re: Knocked off - Hit & run

Postby kelsen » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:58 pm

Glad you're ok, and there's so much damning evidence against the driver

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