Road Rage And Assault On Cyclist By Angry Driver
The driver was not charged. He was brought in for interview and initially claimed a provocation, that I kicked his van and kicked him in the chest. He changed his story when told there was video evidence. He still claimed I kicked him and the van and only after the officer pointed out that she couldn’t see any of that, on his solicitor’s advice he finally accepted full responsibility.
Because he had no police record and admitted to the offence, under the ridiculous scoring system imposed on the police he was eligible for a caution. As the victim I was given the choice of the driver receiving a caution or I could accept a local resolution, the terms of which that I would receive an amount in compensation and a written apology. I’m far from happy about it but reluctantly accepted the resolution. *I don’t think the police are to blame* but the decisions made by Government departments that govern them. This was a violent, unprovoked attack that has no place in society and I’m very disappointed and angry that the driver will not face criminal consequences.
I was cycling along the A435 in Birmingham on 16 March 2013 and the driver pulled out ahead from a shop forecourt, straight into a queue. Held up by another driver making a hash of his parallel parking attempt I filtered through and went into a side road, eventually followed by the van. Due to parked cars on both sides and oncoming traffic the driver could not safely overtake. He passed too closely while gesturing at me and cut in sharp so I used my AirZound. He stopped in front of me and I, not wanting a confrontation, carried on and was almost taken out by his door as he got out.
He then tailgated me up the road. I’m never going to outrun a motor vehicle so attempted a U-turn in the next road where he caught me, landing blows across my back and neck as he dragged me across the road and eventually off the bike to the ground.
It’s bad enough that he did this to anybody at all but while wearing the company logo of Weird ‘N’ Wonderful Ltd to somebody recording their ride, this was particularly stupid.”