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"Handbags at dusk": Runaway car hit truck after driver got out for punch-up with cyclist

The incident in Dublin seems to have come about because the motorist turned in front of the cyclist coming downhill, after which some unimpressive chaos ensued according to an eyewitness

A car rolled down a hill and crashed into a truck in Dublin’s Phoenix Park yesterday evening after the driver got out to confront a cyclist with whom he had been arguing.

Dublin Live reports that the incident occurred on Upper Glen Road at around 5pm.

A witness whose car was clipped at the start of the vehicle’s descent said he entered the park at the Chapelizod gates and then saw the driver turning round further up the hill.

He said: "While he was turning back onto the road, a cyclist was flying down it, and between the jigs and the reels, the cyclist had to slow down for the car to turn around, and that seemed to piss him off.

“I was right in front of the car by that stage, but couldn’t really see what the driver had done to annoy the cyclist apart from maybe breaking his momentum.

"Anyway, the pair of them were busy shouting at each other and then all of a sudden, the cyclist picked up his bike and smashed its front wheel into the side of the other lad’s car.

“At that point the driver hopped out and the pair of them starting throwing punches at each other – it was embarrassing to look at really, neither of them was much of a fighter."

In his apparent eagerness to get at the cyclist, the driver failed to apply his handbrake.

The witness said that while the pair of them “were busy having handbags at dusk,” the car started to roll downhill.

“My car was right in its path, but luckily for me, it just clipped off the side my car and didn’t cause any damage. But it kept on rolling down the hill like a runaway train."

He continued: “The car kept rolling down the hill and crashed into a truck, wedging it up against a tree back down near the gates. It was bizarre. It's a miracle that nobody was hurt.

“Meanwhile the cyclist he was fighting with just did a runner – he hopped back on his purple mountain bike and took off towards the Papal Cross like Evel Knievel.”

Compounding matters, the man’s car was locked, so he couldn’t get back in to move it and a traffic jam started to form.

The witness said: "Me and a few passers-by helped to separate it from the truck – while the driver we were trying to help just screamed at us, 'put on your masks people'. It was pure Monty Python stuff.

"Anyway, once we'd shifted the car and traffic could move on, I rang the guards. But of course I was well away from my car at that stage, but my phone was still attached to its bluetooth phone speakers, so the 999 operator could hear me, but I couldn’t hear him.

“It was just one gaffe after another. Anyway, I ran back up the hill to my car pronto, and explained what had happened.”

The witness said no-one was obviously injured in the incident and that the vehicles involved seemed to have emerged relatively unscathed as well.

“The fighting man's car had a puncture, but I couldn't see much wrong with it beyond that, nor the boys' truck.

“However, by then, a lot of people were well pissed off. The whole episode caused a massive tailback as nobody could get past the mess until we had cleared it.”

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Barraob1 | 3 years ago
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Is this story made up? Sounds like it

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Pot00000000 | 3 years ago
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The are more than a fair share of moronic drivers in Dublin and Ireland in general.

after living in quite a few European countries it's got to be top three for a touch of the stupids on both sides. 

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Hirsute | 3 years ago
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I hope there is some footage.

Here's an old one: https://road.cc/content/news/246199-near-miss-day-165-close-pass-followe...

note the car after the cyclist looks back down the slope at the end.

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NZ Vegan Rider replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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Thanks for posting. 

Good to see the SUV got a bent door (or just hinges) for them to 

remember their bad driving by  3

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Mungecrundle replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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A favourite classic.

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PRSboy | 3 years ago
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Just fabulous.  We need a regular column in Road.cc from this witness.

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pockstone | 3 years ago
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Joyce,Yeats, Behan, Synge, McNeice, Becket, Heaney; could any of them have bettered 'he hopped back on his purple mountain bike and took off towards the Papal Cross like Evel Knievel.'

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Hirsute replied to pockstone | 3 years ago
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No one will ever surpass Boatsie !!

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pockstone replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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Apart from the great Flann O'Brien, I suspect only Boatsie has enough bicycle related stream- of- consciousness  poetry in his soul to do the scene justice.

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Dicklexic replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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Boatsie??? What have I missed?

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Hirsute replied to Dicklexic | 3 years ago
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Boatsie is the resident poet who appears at random intervals. Not seen him for a while.

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Muddy Ford | 3 years ago
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Very funny. The driver demonstrating a clear lack of safety consideration on all counts..didn't consider the cyclist when crossing his path, didn't consider to put handbrake on before getting out of the car on a hill, didn't consider to take keys out of the ignition..and not least engaging in fisticuffs which wouldn't have been possible if he stayed in the car. 

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HarrogateSpa replied to Muddy Ford | 3 years ago
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Yes but masks, people.

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Captain Badger replied to HarrogateSpa | 3 years ago
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HarrogateSpa wrote:

Yes but masks cyclists, people.

TFTFY 

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Captain Badger | 3 years ago
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“However, by then, a lot of people were well pissed off. The whole episode caused a massive tailback as nobody could get past the mess until we had cleared it.”

Cyclists causing tailbacks again

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Captain Badger | 3 years ago
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“Meanwhile the cyclist he was fighting with just did a runner – he hopped back on his purple mountain bike and took off towards the Papal Cross like Evel Knievel.”

Below a picture from the scene

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wycombewheeler replied to Captain Badger | 3 years ago
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Captain Badger wrote:

“Meanwhile the cyclist he was fighting with just did a runner – he hopped back on his purple mountain bike and took off towards the Papal Cross like Evel Knievel.”

Below a picture from the scene

Cars in Dublin seem quite old considering the cost of living there.

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Captain Badger replied to wycombewheeler | 3 years ago
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eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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Well, we all need a good laugh in these dark times, so thanks road.cc for providing the fuel.  I wonder if the fighting driver was charged with anything?  and how did he get back into his car?

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Sriracha | 3 years ago
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Somewhere I hope a screenwriter gets hold of this and it turns up in a film, it's pure comedy genius! Love the descriptive elements, the characterisation and the hilarious turn of events.

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cdamian | 3 years ago
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Best witness ever?

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Kendalred replied to cdamian | 3 years ago
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Yeah, very drole, even if riddled with (lets be kind and say 'unconscious') motorist bias. 

Took off like Evel Knievel? Presumably means he jumped 20 double decker buses before crashing on his arse and breaking several major bones!

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ChasP replied to Kendalred | 3 years ago
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Agree, ' couldn't see what the driver had done to the cyclist apart from breaking his momentum' so he pulled out in front of him causing him to brake to avoid an 'accident'?

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Sriracha replied to ChasP | 3 years ago
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But let's be honest now, if MGIF is the motto drivers live by, I do think cyclists are sometimes guilty of MNLM. Not saying that's the case here, but it happens.

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Hirsute replied to Sriracha | 3 years ago
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Must Not Lick Me

Must Not Love Me

Must Never Love Marsupials

Am I warm yet ?

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Sriracha replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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Yes, scorching! Very close on second attempt, only one letter wrong in the first three words. Final word needs some work though, but it's there in the post I was replying to. Anyway, I think you know.

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Hirsute replied to Sriracha | 3 years ago
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I've got it now. Honestly I was puzzling over that one and thought maybe there was a letter missing in the acronym. I think I was trying to shorten must not let them manoeuvre.

Can't see spoiler syntax is supported so will not reveal my answer.

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