Cyclist’s ‘hit and run’ video causes heated debate on Twitter

Cyclist's appeal for help on Twitter after collision with car turns into debate between users on whether the rider or driver were in the wrong

A cyclist’s request for help in identifying the driver of a vehicle that he collided with has turned into a heated debate on social media platform Twitter over who was to blame for the collision.

Twitter user @BrokenLegs posted a headcam video of himself cycling down an unspecified road and then being involved in a collision with a vehicle crossing the bus/cycle lane in which he is riding.

The vehicle – a silver Volkswagen Polo – does not stop, despite the driver apparently being aware of the collision.

The impact caused the rider’s bike to fly into the air, and he ends up on the tarmac, audibly groaning after the incident. Several people can be heard approaching the rider to ask whether he is okay.

>>> Over 900 cyclists injured in hit-and-run incidents in London last year

“If anyone can help to identify the number plate of this hit and run on me, so I can inform the police, please let me know,” wrote @BrokenLegs on Twitter to accompany the video clip.

Almost as soon as the video was posted, comments were made by other users saying that the cyclist was at fault.

Other users put an argument across from the perspective of the cyclist, including one user who posted the relevant section of the Highway Code.

Rule 180 of the Highway Code which deals with turning right states: “Wait until there is a safe gap between you and any oncoming vehicle. Watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

“Check your mirrors and blind spot again to make sure you are not being overtaken, then make the turn. Do not cut the corner. Take great care when turning into a main road; you will need to watch for traffic in both directions and wait for a safe gap.”

The Twitter debate later degenerates into talking about whether cyclists should pay ‘road tax’ and who voted for Brexit.

It is not known whether the cyclist has reported the matter to the police, or the extent of his injuries.