Back in August 2011 iuckcan was involved in one of the strangest and potentially most life changing crash a cyclist has uploaded to youtube.
Some of you may have seen the video I uploaded in July 12 showing an interaction I had with a Police Officer in a tactical support vehicle.
I was cycling West along Chiswick High Road, London, and I took the ‘straight on’ lane at the junction before Heathfield Terrace. As I rolled in to the ASL to stop at the red light my camera picked up something that I didn’t hear at the time but would set the tone for what was about to happen. A police van pulled up behind me on my left.
For those of you who don’t know me I am pilotincommand100/Cycling Dan.
I am writing about two incidents that happened to me in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.
NA57ZTB which is a CHEVROLET LACETTI SX 5DR, Male driver
The incident happen on Whitley road in Benton on the roundabout outside the XS superbowel.
For those of you that can’t remember the collision that iuckcan had back in September 2011, here is the video.
The driver of the black Golf RJ05EFO has pleaded guilty and received 6 points on his license and a £230.
The driver of the silver Ford NC04LXG has pleaded not guilty, even after seeing the video. The court case for this has been delayed till September 2012.
I’m not 100% sure what the charges are, probably Careless Driving for both of them.
Note that the court case was delayed due to the file format being a .mov. So it would seem that the police have the footage in a digital format. From my own experience of using video footage in courts, the best option is to provide the police with a DVD that is playable in a standard DVD player. That way the footage can easily be managed by the police, copies can be made etc.. and the footage can be played in court.
The initial result for the first driver is a fair one going by the other results we have seen from video camera cyclists. We will just have to wait and see what happens with the next one, I suspect it won’t be much higher.