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Crash on A4 at Midgham puts 29-year-old in hospital

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was left unconscious by a hit-and-run driver in Midgham, east of Newbury, on Friday.

Between 6pm and 7.45pm, the 29-year-old cyclist was hit by a vehicle on the A4 Bath Road, opposite the Spire Ridge Kennels.

The cyclist was knocked unconscious and was found by a member of the public on the side of the road. He was taken to hospital, where he was treated for fractured ribs and a fractured cheekbone, along with cuts and bruises.

The driver failed to stop.

The cyclist was riding a red bike and was wearing a high visibility vest.

In the weekend's other incident on Thames Valley Police's patch, a cyclist was assaulted by a car occupant as another passenger filmed the attack.

Anyone who has information about the fail-to-stop collision is asked to contact investigating officer PC Kate Lathe from Newbury Police Station on 101.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Bez [608 posts] 2 years ago
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"The car failed to stop."

The driver. The driver failed to stop.

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jacknorell [969 posts] 2 years ago
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Bez wrote:

"The car failed to stop."

The driver. The driver failed to stop.

^ this. A thousand times, this.

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EarsoftheWolf [75 posts] 2 years ago
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Bez wrote:

"The car failed to stop."

The driver. The driver failed to stop.

It's amazing that even a website like road.cc is perpetuating this attitude.

That said, the quality of writing here seems to be slipping lately in a more general sense.

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AyBee [85 posts] 2 years ago
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Bez wrote:

"The car failed to stop."

The driver. The driver failed to stop.

What's the problem? Ever seen a car stop without a driver or the driver stop without the car?

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SuperG [118 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm more worried about drivers on the road and the poor guy who was knocked off. Rather than if the car or the driver stopped.

....lighten up  1

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Grubbythumb [61 posts] 2 years ago
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Only slightly related, an 84 year old man was recently knocked down and killed not too far from where I live. The driver did not stop.

It is a sad sad society that we live in.

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jacknorell [969 posts] 2 years ago
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AyBee wrote:
Bez wrote:

"The car failed to stop."

The driver. The driver failed to stop.

What's the problem? Ever seen a car stop without a driver or the driver stop without the car?

I've never seen a car take any action without a driver. The driver is in charge, makes decisions and is responsible.

The criticised language removes that responsibility due to its phrasing.

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John Stevenson [285 posts] 2 years ago
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Edited; apologies. Hasty cut-paste of police witness appeal statement.

In my defence, the *headline* says driver, you picky sods  10

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PhilRuss [391 posts] 2 years ago
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John Stevenson wrote:

Edited; apologies. Hasty cut-paste of police witness appeal statement.

In my defence, the *headline* says driver, you picky sods  10

[[[[[ No-but-yeah-but-no-but....there's still far too much of it about, regardless of your boo-boo.

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John Stevenson [285 posts] 2 years ago
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PhilRuss wrote:

there's still far too much of it about, regardless of your boo-boo.

Unarguably. We do try and correctly attribute responsibility in these situations though.

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Das [243 posts] 2 years ago
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A cyclist is seriously injured and all you can do is complain about it is the Grammar. FFS, get a grip.

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choddo [42 posts] 2 years ago
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Das wrote:

A cyclist is seriously injured and all you can do is complain about it is the Grammar. FFS, get a grip.

It's not about the grammar. It's about the implication of responsibility.

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PhilRuss [391 posts] 2 years ago
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Bez wrote:

"The car failed to stop."

The driver. The driver failed to stop.

[[[[[ Exactly. One only ever hears about "cyclists riding too fast"- ---it's always the cyclist--the person. "Cyclist injures pedestrian". On the other hand, it's "struck by a BUS", hit by a CAR", "crushed by left-turning LORRY"
So somehow, it appears motor vehicles are inherently dangerous ( they have a will---an evil will ) of their own, and although the driver may be mentioned further into the story, the headline lets him/her off the hook. Do we ever see "The bicycle failed to stop." ? Or, "Pedestrian struck by bicycle" ? Nah..it's these bleedin' cyclists, innit? Baht time they paid their effin' road-tax!"
P.R.

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PhilRuss [391 posts] 2 years ago
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Das wrote:

...."do is complain about it is the Grammar. FFS, get a grip.

[[[[[ "...do is complain about it is the Grammar..." Wassat? And why do you spell grammar with a capital "G" ? And another fing---this used to be all fields rand 'ere! But seriously, you seem to be missing the point, old bean.

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felixcat [486 posts] 2 years ago
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PhilRuss wrote:

So somehow, it appears motor vehicles are inherently dangerous ( they have a will---an evil will ) of their own,

Well, every so often they "go out of control", no doubt in spite of the driver's best efforts to restrain them.

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Yorkshie Whippet [597 posts] 2 years ago
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On another note, today saw a cyclist riding on the A4 near Heathrow wearing a yellow jacket. Travelling against two lanes of 50 mph traffic. I can only think the shared path wasn't good enough.