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"There are too many bicycle people on the road"...

A driver who hit a cyclist and two pedestrians before his car finally came to a halt straddling a low wall and embedded in a bus has blamed the cyclist for causing him to panic and lose control of his vehicle.

According to the Kingston Guardian, Shibob Li, 49, the manager of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Fife Road, drove his BMW out of Fife Road Kingston and attempted to drive the wrong way  into Clarence Street.

Paramedics treated two women - one of whom is believed to have been a cyclist - and a man at the scene. One of the women was airlifted to hospital with lower limb injuries. She is reported to be in a stable condition.

A traffic officer said the driver had hit a cyclist at the pedestrian crossing outside Cappadocia restaurant.

He went on to hit the two pedestrians as his car careered down the street.

"Not just my fault"

Mr Li subsequently blamed the cyclist involved for the incident.

He said: “It is really regrettable all this happened. I just wish them to get better quickly and wish them the best. I am very, very sorry. I was panicked and lost control of the car.

“It happened really quickly and I didn’t have any time to think about it. I was shocked and shaking. Of course I regret. But it is not just my fault.

“He started shouting and caused my panic. I was panicked and lost control of the car.

“I think people cycling, they need to pay due attention. There are too many bicycle people on the road.

“They do not really watch the other people. Sometimes they just come quickly.

Wrong way

However, eyewitness Billy Cole, 19, told the Kingston Guardian that the driver of the car came out of Fife Road and drove the wrong way towards the one way system.

The male victim of the crash, Yassar, was a refugee from Syria who had recently arrived in the UK.

His sister-in-law, Dima, said he was being shown round Kingston by her husband.

“They were going to have some Shawarma at Lebanese Valley. He was standing across the street to Cappadocia.

“The BMW came against the traffic and it hit the cyclist.

“My husband and Yassar were walking together. When they saw the car aiming for them my husband jumped and managed to step away but Yassar couldn’t.

“The car hit him from the side and went on and hit a few other people afterwards.

“He hit his head and the car hit him in both legs and his back.”

Dima said the family were “angry and frustrated.” Yassar had fled the conflict in Syria, only to be hit by a car in the UK.

She said: “There was violence, bombs and shelling 24/7 and snipers. It is a war.

“He never got injured but managed to get injured in Kingston.”

Police say no arrests have been made.

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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JeevesBath [173 posts] 3 years ago
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"$#1t drivers say...."  13

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Jimbonic [136 posts] 3 years ago
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Un-*******-believable!

So, a car driver can drive like a complete and utter t**t and then blame anyone else! What can the cyclist have done, other than take control of his car some how and drive it into themself and the pedestrians?

People need to start taking responsibility for their incompetence and attitude.

Yours angrily,

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John_the_Monkey [437 posts] 3 years ago
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"Police say no arrests have been made."

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therevokid [948 posts] 3 years ago
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same old same old .... the mighty car wins again  2
wonder what they're going to do when fuel costs so much
they can't potter about like complete imbeciles in their
little tin boxes ????
Oh yeh - that'll be somebody else's fault as well ....

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andycoventry [110 posts] 3 years ago
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So he is the manager of a shop on the road where it happened - so he would know the Kingston one-way system ... driving without due care and attention then surely.

"He started shouting at me".... probably that he was going to wrong bloody way.

What a d*ck.....

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm making an assumption here, granted, but shouldn't a Chinese person or someone of Chinese descent be fairly comfortable with the idea of "Bicycle people".

Someone get him a copy of Katie Melua's greatest hits....

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Leviathan [1988 posts] 3 years ago
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Lets not jump to conclusions; I think there is a chance this guy will get his just desserts, no matter who he blames. Perhaps his driving style is as Alternative as his therapies. Next time align your Chi before setting off.

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atlaz [184 posts] 3 years ago
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I MIGHT have a little sympathy with him if he wasn't local as the one-way stuff around there is a pain in the arse at times. However, knowing the area as he obviously did, then hitting several people, a wall and a bus and then blaming the cyclist he hit when he was already on the wrong side of the one-way system I'd say the police should have a chat with him sharpish.

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richteebis [24 posts] 3 years ago
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Jimbonic wrote:

Un-*******-believable!

So, a car driver can drive like a complete and utter t**t and then blame anyone else! What can the cyclist have done, other than take control of his car some how and drive it into themself and the pedestrians?

People need to start taking responsibility for their incompetence and attitude.

Yours angrily,

t**t, do you mean twat? also do you mean un-cunting or un-fucking believable?

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richteebis [24 posts] 3 years ago
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andycoventry wrote:

So he is the manager of a shop on the road where it happened - so he would know the Kingston one-way system ... driving without due care and attention then surely.

"He started shouting at me".... probably that he was going to wrong bloody way.

What a d*ck.....

dick?

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 3 years ago
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farrell wrote:

Someone get him a copy of Katie Melua's greatest hits....

It's mercifully short  4

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moonbucket [64 posts] 3 years ago
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If he panics at someone shouting at him to stop driving up a street the wrong way, then whatever you do if he's treating you DON'T shout out in pain at the needles, he'll likely stick the next one in your eyeballs or bollocks...

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JonD [403 posts] 3 years ago
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atlaz wrote:

I MIGHT have a little sympathy with him if he wasn't local as the one-way stuff around there is a pain in the arse at times.

But it *is* pretty damn obvious there's a one-way system for anyone entering Kingston. And here's enough clues at this junction - the big central brick barrier, the blue 'left only' signs on the lights, and the ruddy big 'left only' sign on the tarmac.

The road he was coming out of is one-way, with a rhs cycle lane in the same direction, and a kerbed cycle lane going the opposite way, between the right-way cycle lane and the pavement. I guess it's possible the cyclist was on the outermost lane ie going the wrong way, but it makes no odds to his actual actions - sounds like the driver hit the gas instead of the brake and panicked, which isn't exactly unheard of where elderly drivers are concerned. (Not that 49 is elderly, he's younger than me..)

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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nothing changes in this cycle-resistant country of ours ....

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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The phrase "Bicycle People" has really grown on me today.

I am a bicycle people.

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 3 years ago
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farrell wrote:

The phrase "Bicycle People" has really grown on me today.

I am a bicycle people.

we've been having fun with it too  4

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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Marvellous that Dave.

I was thinking about Sly and the Family Stone and their 'Everyday People', but now I think that someone should do something using the Arrested Development version:

http://images.45cat.com/arrested-development-people-everyday-metamorphos...

(Hopefully) "Arrested Driver - Bicycle People"

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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John_the_Monkey wrote:

"Police say no arrests have been made."

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TeamCC [146 posts] 3 years ago
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Panicked driver is the problem, when behind the wheel of a vehicle one should not be able to get panicked so easily and not so thoroughly that you hit pedestrians, a cyclist, and a bus. Panicking and hitting the gas is all his fault, he should have been driving slow and if startled take the brakes.

I have yet to see a panicked cyclist begin to cycle faster to hit a car, pedestrian, and bus!

Capital Cycles

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AWPeleton [3331 posts] 3 years ago
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No arrests ?

Loads of statements from witnesses to get first, then when the evidence is all collected you get him in and he wont have a leg to stand on.

Why rush and make an error ?

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hillboy [11 posts] 3 years ago
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After that big fire in Birmingham recently this incident will certainly lend impetus to the ongoing campaign to ban chinese wrongturns

I'll get my coat...

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seven [152 posts] 3 years ago
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therevokid wrote:

same old same old .... the mighty car wins again  2
wonder what they're going to do when fuel costs so much
they can't potter about like complete imbeciles in their
little tin boxes ????
Oh yeh - that'll be somebody else's fault as well ....

+1 ... your comment reminds me of the entry in this book, succinctly entitled: "Motorists as persecuted group".

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madhouse [52 posts] 3 years ago
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The reason he was getting shouted at was because he was going the wrong bloody way!

The fact he hit a cyclist, two pedestrians a bus and a wall suggest he's easily panicked and not in proper control of his car - should go on some kind of driver training at least!

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Argos74 [392 posts] 3 years ago
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stumps wrote:

...he wont have a leg to stand on.

Like one of the pedestrians, it seems. Though I agree with the sentiment. It'll take at least a day or so to stop saying "WTF? WTMFingF?" before they even start thinking about where the charge sheets are.

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WolfieSmith [1323 posts] 3 years ago
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Didn't Macca do a song about that?

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AWPeleton [3331 posts] 3 years ago
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Argos74 wrote:
stumps wrote:

...he wont have a leg to stand on.

Like one of the pedestrians, it seems. Though I agree with the sentiment. It'll take at least a day or so to stop saying "WTF? WTMFingF?" before they even start thinking about where the charge sheets are.

Just shows how much you know, charge sheets are computer generated and have been for years  40

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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stumps wrote:

No arrests ?

Loads of statements from witnesses to get first, then when the evidence is all collected you get him in and he wont have a leg to stand on.

Why rush and make an error ?

Care to explain why in nearly all collisions involving drivers they are arrested, even if they are bailed the same or next day.

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thereverent [407 posts] 3 years ago
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If he is local I don't understand how he went the wrnog way on that one-way system (I use to be semi-local).

If he panics like that when someone is shouting to alert him he is going the wrong way then he shouldn't be driving.

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Tripod16 [157 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant despite coming from the mouth of an idiot.

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rich22222 [165 posts] 3 years ago
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shouldn't it be "woad"?

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