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Horrific hit and run on Swain's Lane – North London's favourite road for hill reps (+ link to video)

Medical student Josh Dey was left with bleeding on the brain and a broken nose

A cyclist has obtained CCTV footage of the terrifying moment a driver on the wrong side of the road knocked him off his bike at the foot of one of North London’s most popular climbs.

Medical student Josh Dey shared footage of the shocking incident with local newspaper The Ham & High, which has uploaded the video to its website.

The hit-and-run collision left him with injuries including a bleed on the brain, knee ligament damage, and his nose “broken into multiple bits."

Police, who are investigating the incident, asked him to try and obtain the footage.

He said: “What shocked me the most was when I looked up the CCTV was the way he was driving – he was on the wrong side of the road.

“I could even see the guy's face – it looks like he's smiling like it's just a normal day. He hit a cyclist and ran.

“I have seen drivers being reckless but never did I imagine I would ever myself have been hit by a car.”

 “I don't think it'll deter me in the long-term [from cycling],” he continued, “but I can't see being back on a bike this year.

“I don't want to get back on a bike because I don't want to think about getting hit by a car.”

Anyone with information is requested to call police police on 101 quoting reference number CAD 5769 of April 21.

Swain’s Lane, which is flanked in part by the eastern and western sides of Highgate Cemetery, is the site of the annual Urban Hill Climb and is popular throughout the year with cyclists from North London wanting to do hill repetitions.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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burtthebike | 4 years ago
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Don't click on the first vid link, it seems to be fake.  Scroll down to the second which actually works.

Not for the faint hearted, seeing a cyclist tossed up into the air and the driver not even stopping.  From the position of the car, I suspect that the driver was used to driving on the right.  Given the vids, and the seriousness of this driving, I would hope that the police treat this as a priority and find this bastard soon.

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EK Spinner replied to burtthebike | 4 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:

.....I would hope that the police treat this as a priority and find this bastard soon.

 

I think the fact that he had to get his own CCTV footage tells you everything about the priorities here

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to burtthebike | 4 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Not for the faint hearted, seeing a cyclist tossed up into the air and the driver not even stopping.  From the position of the car, I suspect that the driver was used to driving on the right.  Given the vids, and the seriousness of this driving, I would hope that the police treat this as a priority and find this bastard soon.

If it was accidental driving on the right, they would have took out the black car two seconds earlier. I suspect the car was either too powerful for them when they first pulled off OR they were swinging to avoid something (someone) else off camera. Still either way to just drive off after that would hopefully bring stronger charges then Careless driving but on past experience I honestly doubt it. 

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ktache | 4 years ago
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Shocking.  Looked as though the driver of the BMW was going a bit too quick as well as being on the wrong side of the road.  Roof down not a care in the world, driving like a complete arse..

I hope that Thonmoy Josh Dey makes a full recovery and can feel able to ride his bicycle again soon.

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