2012-08-03 - Rider down, Shoreditch High St/A1202 9:10am

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  • Time : Approx 9:10 to 9:15am Friday 3rd August 2012.

    Location : (goo.gl/maps/xnuGg) Junction of A10 and A1202 heading southbound on Shoreditch High St.

    Lights were red and I was waiting in the left hand side of the green advance stop box. Fellow cyclist approaches on my right hand side and exclaims to white van driver behind me, who is now encroaching on the cyclists area, “Oh, am I in your way? This is the cyclists waiting area”, as the van driver was pulling forward into the advance stop box.

    The cyclist then manoeuvres into a central view in front of the van and driver so as to put himself in clear view whilst we wait for the green light, at the same time calling to the van driver "I'm in your way now!". I look back to the traffic lights and seconds later when I see the green signal I begin to pull away. One or two more seconds later and I hear the sound of the guys bike being crushed under the wheels of a vehicle, so I brake hard and pull to one side of the road, looking back to see the bicycle under the wheels of the van.

    As I remember it, the van drivers explanation as he got out of his vehicle was "It was a green light and you were in my way!".

    I'm glad to see that miraculously the cyclist wasn’t physically harmed, though he was clearly very shaken and upset at both the attempt on his life and that his bike had been wrecked. As a member of the police had just arrived on the scene, I gave my phone number to the cyclist and continued my journey.

    Update: Police just called me and asked if I'm willing to give a statement, which I defo am.
    I was too shocked to take the vehicle reg and couldn't see any identifying logos from my position in front of the van, fortunately the police were on the scene very quickly and the van driver didn't attempt to leave.

  • Shiiiiiiiiiiit.

  • Jesus Christ!

    Any company names on the van?

  • That driver needs to be in custody now. End of.

  • Shocking.

  • File a report with the police so you can get a crime reference number: At least it'll be on the system.

  • Crazy, absolutely crazy.

  • Crazy, be careful out there chaps.

  • attempt manslaughter, fucking hell, he literally just drove over him?

  • Fuck everything about this, scary stuff, glad rider's ok.

  • This fuckwit needs to be put away. It won't happen but please give evidence so the cyclist gets some justice. I was joking about white van drivers this morning maybe changing their attitude a little. Clearly not.

  • Ridiculous. Just what goes through someone's mind to make them think this is a good idea? Glad the victim wasn't physically harmed but damage has been done, they will be feeling a lot less secure on the road as a result of this.

  • I want this to be unbelievable... but it's very believable.

    Glad the cyclist wasn't harmed.

  • This sounds truly horrid and could happen to any of us. Let us, however, keep the comments moderate. This is an open forum and what is said here could be used in court.

  • I want this to be unbelievable... but it's very believable.

    Glad the cyclist wasn't harmed.

    What is more unbelievable is that nothing will happen to the wanker.
    "I didn't seeehim officer, he cut in front of me just as the lights changed"

  • This needs reiterating.

    This is an open forum and what is said here could be used in court.

    Please keep the comments on topic and avoid conjecture.

  • There's a witness here, thankfully.

  • Yeah, but he's got to get the police statement made soon so that a lawyer cannot argue that his interpretation of the events hasn't been affected by active debate on this web site.

  • Correct, one witness but there will inevitably be many other people with personal opinions (Myself included) but this really isn't the place to voice them. if this ever reaches a court room, we do not want to negatively effect the outcome.

  • Thats why I wrote a statement to myself five minutes afterwards and emailed it from my work account, so I had the fresh facts recorded.

  • I see. The law is an arse.

  • Thats why I wrote a statement to myself five minutes afterwards and emailed it from my work account, so I had the fresh facts recorded.

    Sterling work.

  • Hippy let's keep this on topic and not deviate to lawyers' arses. There is another thread for that.

  • That's very shocking and sadening

  • Tomtastic

    Great work. When witnessing an incident such as this, it is a very good idea to write everything that you recall down immediately and email it from a place whose time recording will serve as evidence of the immediacy of the transcription. It is sometimes a good idea to email it immediately to the police.

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