Wednesday 4 October 2006 8.36pm
I was the victim of a hit and run driver at St. George's Circus today. At about 5.50pm I was cycling around it and as I passed Blackfriars Road
made eye contact with the drivers waiting at the give way line. One of these drivers, despite seeing me, decided to driver straight out in front of me causing me to collide with the car and end up on the road. Fortunately I've only suffered grazed hands and a fractured elbow, but the driver didn't stop or even seem to acknowledge that he'd done anything, just sped off. I managed to pick myself up and get onto the pavement (but not until impatient people started sounding their horns!) and some kindly SBU students who happened be passing stayed with me until they were sure I was OK. A van did briefly stop and say that they saw the drivers numberplate but unfortunately they then drove off and we lost them.
If anyone saw this incident (whether you noticed the registration number or not) I would be grateful if you would contact me or post a message here. The car was a pale metalic green colour. I can't remember the make or model, I seem to remember it being a large hatchback, possibly a Vauxhall or a Nissan and the driver was of Arabic appearance.
I wouldn't be so angry had the driver genuinely not seen me, or if he'd even bothered to stop (as legally and morally required to do so). Just what did he think he was doing, driving out in front of someone he had clearly seen? It's also annoying as this evening I was meant to be visiting my grandfather on his birthday but instead I spent part of the evening in Guys hospital (who, incidentally, were very good) and now can't drive until the fracture is sorted out.
So please look out for this lunatic driver, he is a risk to all road users and not just cyclists.