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Driver knocks cyclist off bike then punches him in road rage assault (+ link to video)

Si Shimells filmed road rage incident in Hull last week - but motorist says he is the one who was attacked

A cyclist in Hull filmed the moment a motorist in Hull who had been on the wrong side of the road knocked him off his bike then punched him in a road rage incident – although the driver insists it was he who was attacked.

The incident happened last Friday afternoon on Sutton Road, reports Hull Live, which has footage shot by the cyclist, Si Shimells.

He said: “I suddenly realised there was a car coming straight for me and I didn't know what to do.

“At first I thought he was doing that to duck into one of the driveways of the houses, but he kept coming.

“A gap actually opened up when the car behind him stopped, but he didn't turn into it, he actually turned into me.

“He caught me with the back end and I ended up getting caught up in his back wheel and it threw me over my bike.”

Mr Shimells continued: “He wound his window down and was punching me on the head as he was driving past.

“A lady stopped in her car to give me her details, but I think I was suffering with concussion as I have no idea what I did with her details.

“I would like other witnesses to come forward and report what they saw to the police also.”

Besides the incident shown in the video on Hull Live, the website says that Mr Shimells has separate footage of a subsequent altercation with the motorist as he tried to take down the number plate while on the phone to the police.

He said: “The driver was still waiting at the junction, so I took my video to get an ID of the car and him and he got out and was very aggressive. I had to back away I thought he was going to assault me again.

"I called the police from the scene but I refused an ambulance as I could still walk and felt relatively okay, if a little shaken and bruised.

“However, a few hours later I took a real turn and felt sick, major headaches, neck and shoulders became really tight and painful and I was getting ringing in my ears and shooting pains.”

It was subsequently established that he had sustained bruising to his head as well as damage to muscles in his shoulder, back and spine.

The motorist involved, Stephen Vine, admitted to Hull Live that he had been on the wrong side of the road, but claimed that he was the one who had been attacked.

“I was driving along and the cyclist actually swung into my path,” he said. “I was on the wrong side of the road but I was just getting to the filter lane to turn right and it was clear ahead.

“I gave the cyclist plenty of room but he swerved into my path and then gave me the one-finger salute. He then threw a lot of verbal and then punched me in the jaw and then fell off his bike.

“A van driver stopped behind me and said he witnessed it all and would back me if it was taken further,” he continued.

“He makes out I just ran over him and left but I had stopped. I was surprised by what I read.

“He makes me out to be something I am not and I needed to get my point across," he added.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said they had been notified of the incident, although nnbo assault had been reported.

Shesaid: “We received a call on Friday, February 15 at 1.35pm reporting that a car had collided with a cyclist on Sutton Road in Hull.

“The cyclist reported that he was not injured in the collision but that his bike was damaged.“

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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