Case Study

Cyclist injured in Cambridge by hit and run driver

Incident date: 
Mon, 15 Oct 2012

Grandfather-of-two Eddie Tucker, a lorry driver, was cycling along Leete Road, Cherry Hinton, when he was struck by the hit and run driver, who had neither car insurance nor a UK driving licence.

Eddie, 48, of Colville Road, Cambridge, was cycling along with his dog Samson, when Felton tried to squeeze his Volkswagen Golf through a gap between the cyclist and parked cars.

But he rammed into Eddie’s back wheel throwing him into the road, leaving him with suspected cracked ribs, bruising to his legs and feet, pain to his shoulder and a cracked tooth.

Eddie said the incident on October 15 has put him off cycling altogether. He said: “I just don’t fancy going back on the bike because of what happened.

Winston Felton, 41, was fined £330, given eight penalty points and told to pay £330 costs by Cambridge magistrates after being convicted of driving without due care and attention, driving without a valid licence or insurance, failing to stop and failing to report the collision.

CTC's view: 

It was the driver behaviour in this case that caused the cyclist to come off his bike, not the fact that the cyclist was walking his dog. However, cyclists should be mindful of the Highway Code section 66, rule 51, which states that ‘cyclists should not not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain’. This could happen with a dog lead, depending on the level of obedience and temperament of the dog.

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