Thought I would put this up incase anyone saw anything as there doesn't seem to be any witnesses.
My Girlfriend was cycling home along Hatton Garden after work last night, around 8.45pm and got hit by a car at the corner of St Cross Street.
From what she remembers an uber prius cut across from right to left (Hatton into St Cross) wiping her out. She went over the bonnet and then ended on the road.
The driver stopped but blamed her for the accident, saying she was going to fast....?
Ambulance and police were called and after 5hrs in A&E its a fractured collar bone and finger
Bit of a nightmare really. Getting the phone call from the ambulance crew was fucking horrible.
Just checking incase anyone happened to be about at the time and saw anything.
I’d imagine some of the jewellers on Hatton Garden would have CCTV - might be worth checking if the local shops can help. But often they’ll only keep the video for a short time so worth asking around today if you can.
Hope your gf heals up quickly. That's a shitty thing to have happen. There is definitely a correlation between wet weather and stupid driving manoeuvres. It's like drivers all of a sudden forget how to drive when it starts to rain.
Sorry to read this, i hope she heals up well and you are able to find the evidence needed to reverse the accusation for the sake of rider confidence at the very least.
I ride that road daily and find the visibility is severely hindered by parked cars and vans (theres always a lot of vans.) Really hard to believe how anyone could ride a bike 'too fast' down that street, but much easier to believe someone made a presumption from a side street and put others at risk.
I called up and got the shops nearby to save the CCTV and the police have come back and said that they think that there is a case for negligent driving.
My gf said she wasn't interested in proceeding but the police have said they think it should go to the CPS and will forward it even without her. They took a phone statement and are going to collect all the CCTV tomorrow.
The police said that the driver thought she had been riding on the pavement, sounds like he wasn't paying attention at all.
Fingers crossed for your gf and that the police get the guy.
Frightening story. Hope the recovery goes well. If the police are enthusiastic about action it could mean this driver has form and they want to stop him hurting anyone else. CCTV will be the key, if he has lied about her being on the pavement then it won't help his case.
A prosecution also helps you for an insurance claim for injuries, loss of work, new bike etc.
@Charlie_L +1. More importantly hope she heals well.
It's a nightmare round there sometimes, hope the gf heals up and uber driver get reprimanded.
That's horrible - best wishes for recovery; both physically and mentally. After an accident it can be difficult to shake off the thoughts of impending doom when cycling again.
Can't hurt to also report it to Uber.
They also work with Met police in situations involving an accident.
For fear about being sued in situations like your girlfirend.
Hope she heals up well. Uber would have the driving info and driver name and route and how long he stayed and if he left the scene etc.
I think the problem is its her word against his regarding where she was on the road. I know she will not have been cycling on the pavement (Why would you up that road) but they need proof. Hopefully the police come through with some CCTV, think that's the only thing going to show anything.
There is an accident board on the road but there has been no one come forward from that.
I have never had the experienced of the police being so keen to do something, they have allocated a liaison officer who has call my gf everyday to see how she is doing. Apparently as she fractured bones they can treat it as a more serious offence, definitely rings of the driver having done something previously if they are this keen but good on the Met for actually allocating time to it.
It's good to hear the police are following it up properly. Hope your girlfriend recovers well. A crash that could have been much worse from the sound of it.
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