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A cyclist from Suffolk has spoken of his “terrifying” ordeal when he was hit by a car that dragged his bike along the road and was driven away without stopping.

Chris Matthews, aged 26 and from Bury St Edmunds, was out for a ride with friends at around 5pm on Thursday 19 June when the incident happened on the B1066 at Whepstead, reports the Bury Free Press.

He told the newspaper that the driver of the vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Corsa, sounded his horn as it passed the riders, then slowed down, meaning they had to pass it again. The vehicle then struck the rear wheel of his bike, causing him to be thrown off.

The cyclist said: “It was a feeling of disbelief more than anything. The initial impact had thrown me straight off.

“I was dragged along for a metre or so before I got free from my bike.”

The driver then made off, stopping only to reverse his car to free the bike, which had been caught underneath it.

“When it first happened I was concerned how my bike was but then realised I was bleeding,” Mr Matthews recalled.

“It was terrifying moment. My bike was wrecked - the handlebars have been worn away. I have nothing broken thankfully but both my elbows and forearms have been scratched and grazed.

“It could have been a lot worse. As a cyclist you get a few irresponsible drivers but not in a million years would I expect someone to ram you from behind.”

Suffolk Constabulary have issued an appeal for information to help track down the motorist, who is described as a stocky man aged in his late forties with short, light coloured or grey hair. Police can be contacted on 101.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Paul_C [481 posts] 2 years ago
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your link to the bury free press article is broken

here's the proper link:

http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/local/latest-news/terrifying-moment-...

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bikez [2 posts] 2 years ago
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If (big if) they catch this driver there should be an immediate jail sentence no matter what their personal circumstances, followed by a lengthy driving ban and some psychiatric help. Hope Chris is O.K. and continues riding.

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Sub5orange [97 posts] 2 years ago
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Depressing, accidents are bad enough, recently there seem to be more reports of psychopaths deliberately swerving into cyclists and now deliberately running cyclists over. I am starting to dread road.cc posts as too many are about similar stories. Scary how many people seem to generate so much hatred against other road users, that they are happy to risk ruining other people's life.

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IanW1968 [280 posts] 2 years ago
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In forty years of cycling every collision with a car I have been involved in or seen first hand has been deliberate by the driver.

Theres no psychopath test required to get a licence.

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severs1966 [367 posts] 2 years ago
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This has been going on for decades. The surprise is that the police gave a damn. If it had been Leeds police they would have refuse to investigate. Yes, exactly that has happened to me.

I hope they catch the driver, but it is unlikely without number plate details. I wonder what they would charge the driver with? Would it be the attempted murder that it ought to be?

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lolol [203 posts] 2 years ago
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I had one, some years ago, in central London. The car just turn left while I was level with his front wheel, I had looked to see the car, it was signalling and then just went through me, I bounced down the side of the car and onto the road. I had a pedestrian witness on the corner and we got the full number plate. The Police said that as I couldnt see the drivers face clearly there was nothing they could/would do. I have never had any faith the police again.

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Ramuz [177 posts] 2 years ago
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Shame. I have fond memories of cycling in Suffolk and I will always remember them as kind people for having given me a lift to the next town when my spoke snapped.

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vbvb [620 posts] 2 years ago
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Sounds like the steroids.

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WolfieSmith [1327 posts] 2 years ago
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If you go out on your bike at 5pm on a weekday when people are trying to get home after a hard day at work what do you expect? Bloody cyclists.

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Al__S [1082 posts] 2 years ago
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I hope you're being facetious MercuryOne. After all, I'm usually riding at 5pm on a weekday... home from work.

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brooksby [1715 posts] 2 years ago
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MercuryOne wrote:

If you go out on your bike at 5pm on a weekday when people are trying to get home after a hard day at work what do you expect?

Of course, many people out on their bike after 5pm on a weekday are also trying to get home after a hard day at work...

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oozaveared [945 posts] 2 years ago
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helmet cam or bar cam.

If you have the means then I sincerely recommend that you pick one up.

In this case the incident, driver behaviour, vehicle registration, distinguishing marks on vehicle, possibly a description image or partial image of the driver would be available. This would enable them to have a better chance of catching the driver and then a very good chance of convicting them.

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PhilRuss [390 posts] 2 years ago
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[[[[[ If Chris Matthews had been out for a walk instead of on his bike, surely this premeditated attack would be regarded, by anyone with even half a brain, as attempted murder.
Surely at least one of Chris's friends got the reg. number of this silver Vauxhall Corsa?
[[[[[ And I read very recently an alledged quote from the police---would you Adam'n'Eve it---that there is no such charge as "Using a motor vehicle as a weapon against a person or persons".....(I paraphrase, of course). I but why the phluck isn't there? It seems to happen pretty much every day.