Watch moment reckless taxi driver runs down cyclist and flees the scene
The driver turned a corner on the wrong side of the road and ran down the rider
Video footage has emerged of the moment a reckless taxi driver hit a cyclist before fleeing the scene.
The shocking video, filmed from the cyclist’s helmet camera, shows the taxi turning a corner on the wrong side of the road.
Rider Dylan May sent the footage of the incident, which happened in North West Leicestershire, to the local council and the unnamed driver had his taxi licence revoked.
The driver initially tried to blame Mr May, saying the incident happened in a different location and that the victim had been in the middle of the road.
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Mr May said: “I still now can’t believe somebody would collide with a cyclist and just drive off, especially a so-called professional taxi driver.
“The licensing team at the district council has been very helpful and understanding, and the matter was sorted quickly.”
The crashed happened in Gutteridge Street, Coalville on January 11.
Footage shows Mr May approaching a junction, when the taxi turns into the street on the wrong side of the road and hits the victim head on.
The driver then flees the scene.
Fortunately, the incident was filmed by Mr May who reported the incident to the council.
The driver admitted being at fault after being shown the video.
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North West Leicestershire District Council’s head of community services, Councillor Alison Smith, said: “This was an appalling incident.
“The quality of the driving which led to the collision was poor but the reaction of driving away and then lying about the incident afterwards was particularly unacceptable.
“Taxi driving is a profession and we’re delighted that the majority of drivers in North West Leicestershire have very high standards and integrity.
“This driver though clearly lacked both and is no longer licensed to work in our district.
“We want people to feel confident and safe when they use taxis, and our efforts to revoke this driver’s licence shows our commitment to ensuring this.”
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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