A cyclist has obtained CCTV footage of the terrifying moment a driver on the wrong side of the road knocked him off his bike at the foot of one of North London’s most popular climbs.
Medical student Josh Dey shared footage of the shocking incident with local newspaper The Ham & High, which has uploaded the video to its website.
The hit-and-run collision left him with injuries including a bleed on the brain, knee ligament damage, and his nose “broken into multiple bits."
Police, who are investigating the incident, asked him to try and obtain the footage.
He said: “What shocked me the most was when I looked up the CCTV was the way he was driving – he was on the wrong side of the road.
“I could even see the guy's face – it looks like he's smiling like it's just a normal day. He hit a cyclist and ran.
“I have seen drivers being reckless but never did I imagine I would ever myself have been hit by a car.”
“I don't think it'll deter me in the long-term [from cycling],” he continued, “but I can't see being back on a bike this year.
“I don't want to get back on a bike because I don't want to think about getting hit by a car.”
Anyone with information is requested to call police police on 101 quoting reference number CAD 5769 of April 21.
Swain’s Lane, which is flanked in part by the eastern and western sides of Highgate Cemetery, is the site of the annual Urban Hill Climb and is popular throughout the year with cyclists from North London wanting to do hill repetitions.
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