Horrific footage shows the moment a driver rammed into a cyclist and sent him flying off his bike at a roundabout.
The cyclist claimed that since he didn’t need surgery due to any serious injuries, charges were never laid against the elderly driver – and he even kept his licence.
The shocking incident happened in 2018 when the elderly driver of a red Ford Fiesta failed to slow down before entering a roundabout at Enfield, Sydney, ploughing into the cyclist and sending him flying.
According to the cyclist, who shared the footage on January 7, the driver was not charged because ‘technically no surgery required (dental surgery does not count), so police do not charge the driver.’
Instead, he lost even points off his licence.
In the video uploaded to the UpRide website recently, the cyclist is shown entering the roundabout before the red Ford Fiesta, which apparently fails to notice him
The driver of the Fiesta continues into the roundabout without slowing down and slams into the cyclist
The cyclist’s injuries were claimed they spent one night in RPA Hospital with a fractured nose, eye socket and finger, as well as cracked teeth, lacerations on his calf and a sore thumb.’
‘NSW Police Force Please, please, please explain how this does not warrant a serious charge and permanent removal of drivers license?’ the cyclist asked.
Tom Perry, manager of UpRide, where the cyclist posted the video, says he is not surprised by claims the driver faced no charges.
‘We’ve seen videos where some cyclists are pretty severely hurt but but because there wasn’t a specific dollar value of damage done to the car, the driver wasn’t charged.’
Perry says more than 3,000 videos of incidents where cyclists have been hit in accidents have been uploaded to the UpRide website since March 2020.
He claimed police in some states, such as South Australia, have contacted his service to pursue drivers shown acting aggressively or potentially breaking the law.
‘We are trying to raise awareness that current laws are not sufficient to protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists.’
Next the blameless cyclist is knocked flying by the force of the impact, suffering a broken eye socket, nose and finger
The driver then continues past the cyclist. According to the cyclist the driver was dealt with by police – losing points but not his licence.
NSW Police sent Daily Mail Australia a statement which confirmed many of the details claimed in the video description.
‘About 8am on Sunday 22 April 2018, officers from Burwood Police Area Command attended the intersection of Burwood Road and Lily Street, at Enfield after a Ford Fiesta hit a cyclist, who suffered facial injuries as a result.
‘Following inquiries, the Ford driver, a 71-year-old man, was issued an infringement for not give way to vehicle when entering roundabout.’