Bike hit by car

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by col, 28 Jul 2007.

  1. col

    col Veteran

    I was standing in a tailback the other day,when i saw a bike shoot off the road about 50 yards in front of me,the back wheel was badly bent,it looked like a car had pulled out of the juction ahead and clipped this guys wheel and sent it flying,he didnt stop by the looks of it and took off leaving the cyclist on the road with a well nackered bike,by the time i had got to him he was on the path with his bent bike ,and a bit of blood on his hand and may be his head too,a bit shaken,i asked if i could phone someone for him,but he declined and said he was ok,and someone was with him helping hoping that out of all the cars and people about at the time,it was home time, that someone got a number plate of this moron that hit him,i passed the place again today only to see this gentlemans bike leant in a hedge,obviously becouse it was so badly damaged.It just rammed it home how vulnerable we can be.
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    IIRC 'hit and run' is quite a serious offence, I share your hopes that someone saw the incident and recorded the car number plate details to pass onto the Police!!
  3. spen666

    spen666 Guru

    Sadly it is not treated particularly seriously unless some one is killed or seriously injured :thumbsup:

    Something like 25% of accidents in London these days are said to involve hit and run drivers.

    The maximum penalty for failing to stop [FTS]or failing to report [FTR]an accident is 6 months imprisonment, and that is rarely used. It should be raised to 14 years ( same as for causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs) [DDDWUI].

    Those who FTS or FTR should be treated as being guilty of the DDDWUI offence and sentenced accordingly. It would make people think twice before leaving the scene of an accident
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    six months is plenty, them not enforcing it is the problem

    don't forget there's all other sorts of charges they can throw at him

    driving without tax/insurance/licence would be likely contenders I reckon

    assuming they even noticed
  5. spen666

    spen666 Guru

    Six months is NOT plenty as it encourages those who are under influence of drink or drugs to leave the scene. The penalties are much reduced if they do.

    I personally represented a driver who faced a 5 year sentence if he had remained at scene of crash, but by leaving it max was reduced to 6 months. Guess what he chose to do? Yes- left and handed himself in days later when not under influence of any drink or drugs

    driving without tax/insurance/licence - are you a comedian? These carry a fine only- hardly going to make driver remain at scene is it
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran


    that's why they don't stop, carries ban too, laughably

    it's still six months in prison, people seem to think anything less than five years isn't worth anything

    why did he hand himself in?
  7. spen666

    spen666 Guru

    He handed himself in because police knew it was him. He waited till he was "clean" of drink/drugs and took the 6 months instead of the 5 years.

    You appear however to be mistaking the word MAXIMUM for the sentence that is given.
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    how did they know it was him, if they knew they should have come for him then

    I understand this argument perfectly well, if the max is six months then they can give it if they want to as opposed to doing little or nothing as they do

    You might argue that if no-one is really hurt that the police have better things to do
  9. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I don't think it is yet compulsory to go home after an accident , you just "disappear" to a mates house for a few days,
    sadly. :thumbsup:
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran



    and make up some nonsense about why you don't stop/turn yourself in?

    what is that nonsense exactly?

    six months in the big house is no laughing matter

    one of the in laws got busted for speeding through a red light under the influence and got six months so perhaps your friend didn't get off all that lightly
  11. spen666

    spen666 Guru

    6 months or 5 years

    I would say 6 months is getting off lightly for killing someone whilst high on drink/drugs

    PS Speeding, failing to comply with a ed traffic light AND excess alcohol alone would not get you a 6 month sentence. it may do if it was dangerous driving though
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    first you've mentioned killing someone

    why only six months then? manslaughter, death by dangerous driving etc etc, the CPS are gutless

    and he got six months, I think there was an allegation of racing
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