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Victim left with broken collarbone and tyre marks on his body

Police are attempting to trace a Birmingham motorist after he allegedly chased a cyclist before mounting a kerb and hitting him. The cyclist’s mother believes that the victim only survived being run over because he was on boggy grass at the time and not the road.

The Birmingham Mail reports that the incident occurred in Northfield, at 1.45am on September 23.

The mother of the 17-year-old victim – who has not been named – said: “We had been celebrating my daughter’s birthday and had just walked back from my sister’s house. My son was on his bike and said he wanted to speak to his friend who was at the end of the road. I told him to be five minutes because it was late.

“The next thing I knew, somebody was knocking my door and telling me that he had been hit by a car.”

She said that a car pulled up alongside her son while he was on the phone to his friend and the driver said something, which he didn’t hear.

The cyclist decided to ride off and his mother said: “The car followed him and mounted the kerb in the next street. He thought he had got away on St Laurence Road but as he was driving on grass, the car mounted the kerb for a second time, knocked him off the bike and drove over him.”

The victim, who was left with a tyre mark on his body, subsequently underwent surgery for a broken collar bone.

His mother said: “I just want people to come forward with information. It’s a miracle he wasn’t killed. The person’s car would have probably suffered some kind of damage and I’m sure someone will know who did this.

“The medical staff said if he had been driven over on the road, and not on grass that was boggy because of the rain, he would have been killed. I hope somebody will have CCTV, or may have seen the car in the lead up to what happened.

“The police say they think it was probably a case of mistaken identity because my son did not know or even speak to the driver. He has just started college and this has had a huge impact on him.”

The driver was aged in his late teens or early 20s. After initially speaking to the cyclist on Dinmore Avenue, he chased him into Heath Road South before hitting him on a grassy area of St Laurence Road.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “It’s believed the car, a blue Renault Clio, drove at the teen deliberately.

“The 17-year-old was taken to hospital with injuries including broken bones and cuts. He is now back home and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Police are trying to trace the vehicle and people involved. If you saw anything, have any information or live in the area in and around St Laurence Road and may have CCTV images, contact West Midlands Police quoting crime number 20BW/202870P/17.”

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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alansmurphy [1663 posts] 4 months ago
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I wonder how much hunting they'll do to give him 3 points, £300 fine and £85 to the victim who may not have been wearing hi viz...

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Andy Rob [10 posts] 4 months ago
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"The Sun was in me eyes M'laud"

 

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OldMixte [90 posts] 4 months ago
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Contact mobile phone companies for list of phones at that spot at that time and bingo?
Do the phone companies log all the phone locations and store them?

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alansmurphy [1663 posts] 4 months ago
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No, and also they can only estimate on cell tower positions, there would be multiple phones. They are highly unlikely to do this for murders so wouldn't do so here...

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bechdan [129 posts] 4 months ago
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so was the lad on the phone whilst he was cycling or had he stopped? still not a reason to be run over.

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HarrogateSpa [514 posts] 4 months ago
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This is worse than the Alliston case, because it was deliberate, albeit it didn't result in a death. Where is the article on the front page of the BBC website?

It's similar to the terrorists using vehicles to commit violent acts in London, Nice etc, just without the ideology. The act is the same. Where is the condemnation?

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alansmurphy [1663 posts] 4 months ago
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“The police say they think it was probably a case of mistaken identity because my son did not know or even speak to the driver".

 

They've again started to influence the rhetoric though, this wasn't a driving incident and the car becomes an unfortunate tool in this case...

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Ramuz [323 posts] 4 months ago
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Grahamd [865 posts] 4 months ago
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This callous driver needs finding fast before he does kill someone. 

There is a lot of hatred out there and the Police need to dedicate more time to catch the perpetrators now before things deteriorate further.

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Eton Rifle [49 posts] 4 months ago
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Fucking hell, there are some nutters out there.
I thought it was bad enough when some arse hole chased me down the road in his car and then swerved in front of me to stop me, before getting out of his car and threatening violence.

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PaulBox [679 posts] 4 months ago
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bechdan wrote:

so was the lad on the phone whilst he was cycling or had he stopped? still not a reason to be run over.

Unbelievable... laugh

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Mark_1973_ [45 posts] 4 months ago
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Time these drivers started paying road tax! (You do read The DM comments don't you?)

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don simon [1769 posts] 4 months ago
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Mark_1973_ wrote:

Time these drivers started paying road tax! (You do read The DM comments don't you?)

Don't need road tax for off-roading!

 

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don simon [1769 posts] 4 months ago
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Eton Rifle wrote:

Fucking hell, there are some nutters out there. I thought it was bad enough when some arse hole chased me down the road in his car and then swerved in front of me to stop me, before getting out of his car and threatening violence.

I had a lad pass me, scream to a halt get out of the car to confront me with the question of whether I'd called him a wanker because he'd passed me too closely!!!

Couldn't make it up.

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RMurphy195 [124 posts] 4 months ago
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OldMixte wrote:

Contact mobile phone companies for list of phones at that spot at that time and bingo? Do the phone companies log all the phone locations and store them?

Wasn't it the victim who was using his phone, not the driver?

This is near where I live - there's getting to be quite a lot of unpleasantness lately, due to a rise in gangs and drug dealing, I suspect this is what the police comment about mistaken identity is related to.

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Richard D [109 posts] 4 months ago
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don simon wrote:

I had a lad pass me, scream to a halt get out of the car to confront me with the question of whether I'd called him a wanker because he'd passed me too closely!!!

Same happened to me last month.  Except the lad was in his forties, and got out of his pickup with a weapon in his hand.

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trevorparsons [21 posts] 4 months ago
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"...the car, a blue Renault Clio, drove at the teen deliberately."

It's amazing what inanimate objects can do.