Poor police investigations

John Molloy, Welling, London, September 2012

John was hit by a car driver who turned right across his path whilst travelling in the opposite direction. John was thrown over his bicycle’s handlebars and landed on his shoulder.

John’s collar bone was broken, scaphoid bone in wrist was damaged and shoulder blade was bruised. John now has constant problems with his wrist and had to have a metal plate inserted in his shoulder.

Alan Church, Reading, Berkshire, July 2011

Alan is a passionate cyclist and member of Thames Velo cycling club. He collided with the side of a car when the driver immediately turned left after overtaking him. The driver admitted fault to the police and admitted she had not checked her mirrors.

Alan was left with a fractured vertebra and still suffers from back pain 20 months after the incident.

Aiden Forster, Bradford, West Yorkshire, July 2012

Enthusiastic cyclist Aiden was cycling up a hill when he was hit from behind by a 4×4 driver. Aiden suffered multiple vertebral fractures as a result of the collision. He was in hospital for 5 days and off work for 4 months. He could not sit down for months, which made any form of travel very difficult.

Chris, South West England, March 2012

Chris came off his bike when he swerved to avoid a collision with a bus, despite having right of way. He hit the pavement as he came off.

Chris’s collarbone and several ribs were broken; he also had a punctured lung and severe grazing and bruising. The broken collarbone seriously limited Chris’s movement for seven months.

David Galle, Coolham, West Sussex, November 2009

David, an experienced cyclist and member of the CTC West Sussex group, was hit by a van driver who failed to see him as he negotiated a staggered crossroads. David’s spinal cord was ruptured as a result of the crash, leaving him immobile and without any sensation in his limbs for 4 weeks. David spent 4 months in a specialist spinal injuries hospital.

Peter Stone, Preston, Devon, September 2009

Peter was hit when a car overtook him then suddenly turned left into a side road. Peter braked hard to avoid a collision, but went over the handlebars and smashed his head against the car then fell hard onto his left shoulder on the road.

Peter suffered a grade 5 acromioclavicular injury (shoulder separation), a sprained wrist and skin abrasions and bruising.

Dan Black, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, December 2009

On a December morning in 2009, Dan was cycling his normal route to work when he was knocked off his bike by a 73-year old driver. The moment the car collided with Dan, his back was broken resulting in a spinal cord injury. There was also damage to Dan’s carotid artery, which meant the flow of blood to his brain was cut, causing a stroke. Dan had to be put into a drug-induced coma for 6 weeks.

Cait Hurley, Southwark Bridge, London, February 2012

Cait used to cycle 20 miles every day to get to work and had been cycling in London for 20 years. She took the same route each day, crossing Southwark bridge with many other cyclists who used the Barclay’s Blue Super Highway.

In February 2012 Cait was returning home along her usual route when she was hit by a lorry.

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Mike Kininmonth, Hackney, London, February 2011

Mike suffered a head and shoulder injury in a collision with a taxi driver.

The taxi driver, who was attempting to overtake Mike, collided with the rear of his bike when he had to abandon the overtaking manoeuvre on approach to a pinch point. Mike slammed into the ground, hitting his head and shoulder as he went down.

John Radford, West Yorkshire, May 2013

John was hit from behind by an elderly female driver. John was thrown into the air and landed on the pavement. He spent two days in hospital with a chipped vertebra, bust rib and concussion.

After John was discharged from hospital he found a note in his bag from the police with what appeared to be the driver’s car details and home address.

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