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Three-year-old girl left with cuts and bruises to her face, hands and knees after being dragged along by hit and run cyclist

A Blackpool cyclist is due to speak to police following a pavement hit and run involving a three-year-old girl. The incident was captured by a home CCTV camera and has led to the Daily Mail branding him ‘the most callous cyclist in Britain’.

In the video footage, the cyclist can be seen hitting Lucie Wilding and subsequently dragging her along the pavement.

Lucie’s mother, Lauren Howarth, told the Blackpool Gazette that she had been about to put her in the car for the school run when the incident took place.

“Lucie came out of our garden and this cyclist just whacked her. He just came out of nowhere, it happened in the blink of an eye. I hadn’t seen him but I never thought I’d have to look left and right coming from your doorstep.

“He hit her and the bike carried her along the front of our house, about 10 feet, then he fell off and it sort of released her and she was just lying there. For a second I thought he’d killed her. All of a sudden she let out this piercing scream, I’ve never heard a cry like it.”

Lucie’s father, Matt, can then be seen rushing to his injured daughter, but Lauren said that the cyclist quickly left.

“I was expecting him to say ‘I’m so sorry, is everyone okay?’ or something like that but there was nothing. As soon as he got up he started swearing at us, as if it was Lucie’s fault that he had hit her. The next thing we knew he’d gone and we’ve not heard from him since.”

A man in his twenties has since come forward and will be spoken to by Lancashire police. Investigating officer PC Joanna Mills said:

“There are a number of offences that will be discussed with this man – riding on pavements and dangerous cycling. For a three-year-old this isn’t a pleasant experience when you’re just walking from your home to your car. Lucie is lucky she’s escaped with only scrapes and bruises. It could have been a lot worse.”

The horrific nature of the incident and the man’s subsequent behaviour has led to the Daily Mail branding him ‘the most callous cyclist in Britain’. The newspaper has also since run a similar story involving a nine-year-old girl who suffered a broken wrist after being hit by a cyclist who mounted the pavement to overtake a bus.

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HalfWheeler [672 posts] 2 years ago
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Cyclist? Or just some twat on a bike?

It's bad enough the Daily Flail judging us collectively, I'm unsure why road.cc is joining in too.

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jasecd [510 posts] 2 years ago
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Exactly - not a cyclist.

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atlaz [260 posts] 2 years ago
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How do you know he's not a cyclist from a 2s view and in any case what does that even mean? Surely we don't differentiate between people who drive cars and "drivers".

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Bikebikebike [377 posts] 2 years ago
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Waiting for a story where a car gives a toddler cuts and bruises and it makes the pages of the tabloids.

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DivineChorus [37 posts] 2 years ago
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Cyclists can never do wrong, this is obviously someone riding a bike.

It's the same with RLJers, they are never cyclists. Even the one I spoke to yesterday wearing full Rapha and riding a Oltre. Obviously just a bike rider.

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kwi [293 posts] 2 years ago
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Always baffles me when people start saying a person who rides a bicycle isn't a cyclist.

He's definitely a twat though.

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Plasterer's Radio [362 posts] 2 years ago
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This is just what the anti-cycling types will love.

Well done mate. They will tar us all with the same brush.

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velodinho [106 posts] 2 years ago
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A cyclist? He's an idiot.

I am also a cyclist, driver and pedestrian. I have three bikes, a car and more than a few pairs of shoes.

I would like to think I would be more careful and considerate than the idiot described, however I'm getting about the place.

In the spirit of comments on here, reserved for vehicle drivers who injure cyclists and then disappear. "Lock him up and throw away the key"?

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Housecathst [628 posts] 2 years ago
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I bet the cyclist get a far harsher punishments than this lady

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-26520045

The moral of the story, as ever, as long as your driving a car you a reck as much death and carnage on the pavement as you like a walk away with a small fine.

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Alf0nse [43 posts] 2 years ago
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I think the phrase is "nodder"
But yeah a cyclist

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Housecathst [628 posts] 2 years ago
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Bikebikebike wrote:

Waiting for a story where a car gives a toddler cuts and bruises and it makes the pages of the tabloids.

This plus a thousand. The kid could have run into the road and under the wheels of a car and this would have barely have been a blip on the radar of the sun and the right wing media in general.

In other news, motorists are responsible for 80 hit an runs A WEEK in London alone.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/eighty-hitandruns-each-week-on-...

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don simon [1768 posts] 2 years ago
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Why did the parents allow the child to run onto the pavement unattended?
Why wasn't the child wearing a hiviz jacket (SMIDSY)?
Would the child have sustained lighter injuries had they been wearing some form of body armour?
Not the cyclists fault as far as I can see.  16
I bet the sun was in his eyes too...

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ChrisB200SX [623 posts] 2 years ago
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velodinho wrote:

In the spirit of comments on here, reserved for vehicle drivers who injure cyclists and then disappear. "Lock him up and throw away the key"?

You know he handed himself in?

Sure, they should throw the book at him... after the drivers have been properly dealt with for seriously injuring pedestrians and cyclists.

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HalfWheeler [672 posts] 2 years ago
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I await the Daily Flail headline "pedestrian mugs pensioner" or "the most callous pedestrian in Britain".

So, of course, we're not all judged collectively. How silly of me.

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vbvb [621 posts] 2 years ago
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It's just the DM softening the audience up ahead of their Better Infrastructure campaign.

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Housecathst [628 posts] 2 years ago
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don simon wrote:

Why did the parents allow the child to run onto the pavement unattended?
Why wasn't the child wearing a hiviz jacket (SMIDSY)?
Would the child have sustained lighter injuries had they been wearing some form of body armour?
Not the cyclists fault as far as I can see.  16
I bet the sun was in his eyes too...

Brilliant, how did I forget the, cast iron, get out of jail free card of the "the sun was in my eyes"

Sorry that's only applicable for motorists, in a ton of metal, doing double the speed limit, and on the phone..... But that's ok, because all Sun readers do that.

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CanAmSteve [257 posts] 2 years ago
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Idiot, certainly. Should be punished.

But "horrific"? Shouldn't we save some adjectives in case we need them later?

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southseabythesea [149 posts] 2 years ago
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You get twats on bikes, twats in cars, twats on horses, twats on motorbikes, twats on a plane (like snakes on a plane!)... They all have one thing in common, when they get off they're all still twats. Twats happen, fact.

Personally, I would have twatted him.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1976 posts] 2 years ago
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jasecd wrote:

Exactly - not a cyclist.

He was a cyclist at the time of the...(ha, caught myself about to call it an 'accident'!)...selfish and reckless behaviour. I don't really care about the use of the word. I don't think there's any point trying to confine it to some supposedly elite band of pedal-powered knights-of-the-road. It just means someone on a bicycle.

(I do care slightly, as others have said, that if every such event involving a driver got as much coverage as this story there would be little room for anything else in the newspapers - blasted "man-bites-dog" effect)

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brooksby [2919 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm sorry, but he was riding a bicycle ergo he was a cyclist. I don't know him, so I feel no sense of collective guilt, mind. Oh, and he behaved like a pillock, but still not my fault.

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Batchy [392 posts] 2 years ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

Cyclist? Or just some twat on a bike?

It's bad enough the Daily Flail judging us collectively, I'm unsure why road.cc is joining in too.

Exactly! There are plenty of TWATS like this in Kendal where I live but the local police appear to be blind when these TWATS are out and about!
Mind you, there are far more TWATS that drive cars and they are all motorists !

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sfichele [140 posts] 2 years ago
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There is no denying this guy was riding like an utter twat on the pavement...but every story seems to perpetuate what is a falsehood, that is he fled the scene, and that it was a hit and run. There is a picture of the guy at the scene...does not compute...the daily mail media is well oiled and excels at spinning...

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Sam Saunders [28 posts] 2 years ago
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a) a very rare event
b) a home made video
c) relevant to a currently active vox-pop shitstorm

Therefore: in the taboids.

Therefore not news at all.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 2 years ago
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The reason it's big news is because it's so rare. At least society can take some comfort in the fact that a cyclist causing an injury is rare enough to warrant a major news story. The fact that it gets everyone frothing at the mouth is the bit that upsets me.

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Bishop [23 posts] 2 years ago
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paulrbarnard wrote:

At least society can take some comfort in the fact that a cyclist causing an injury is rare enough to warrant a major news story.

Rare???? BULLSH1T....

http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/57065/cyclists-almost-likely-injure-ped...

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I love my bike [214 posts] 2 years ago
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Not bullshit, it is still rare in absolute terms.

There aren't many pedestrians to hit on motorways & dual carriageways, so motor vehicles can travel vast distances without being able to threaten pedestrians.

So, the statistics should also include all the miles cycled on velodromes, turbo trainers etc  1

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Bikebikebike [377 posts] 2 years ago
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Bishop wrote:
paulrbarnard wrote:

At least society can take some comfort in the fact that a cyclist causing an injury is rare enough to warrant a major news story.

Rare???? BULLSH1T....

http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/57065/cyclists-almost-likely-injure-ped...

Yes, bullshit. If someone goes to hospital after an accident then it's recorded as a serious injury. When they go to hospital after being hit by a car, do you think they will be better or worse off than hit by a bike? So the stats behind that story are a bunch of arse.

Further, they've measured by miles travelled, where most miles travelled on a bike are in potential conflict with peds, unlike cars. So, again, I call arse on this story.

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Housecathst [628 posts] 2 years ago
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Bishop wrote:
paulrbarnard wrote:

At least society can take some comfort in the fact that a cyclist causing an injury is rare enough to warrant a major news story.

Rare???? BULLSH1T....

http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/57065/cyclists-almost-likely-injure-ped...

Yeah the dogdy maths used to come up with this story has been debunked a number of times.

http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_public/pedestrians4rrv2.pdf

Watch out for HGVs, they love mowing people down on pavements.

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jiberjaber [32 posts] 2 years ago
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Has anyone got a google maps link to where this happened? There's a cycle lane sign in the background of the image of the cyclists face, curious to see the road lay out round there...

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Housecathst [628 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah, I've seen this reported else where, I believe in starts about 100 yards further down the pavement, where the houses end. It muddies the water, a little, but it's not going to get your average daily mail read to put their pitchforks away.

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