Greater Manchester Police say they need to make further inquiries before interviewing the driver who refused to exchange details after a collision with cyclist Rob Lockhart last Friday and left the scene saying: “Good luck finding me on foreign plates.”
The driver has been widely named on social media as a Premier League footballer, and in the last few hours the Daily Mail has named him.
Lockhart's appeal for help tracking down the driver was widely spread via Facebook and Twitter, with even Sir Chris Hoy appealing for help finding him. Lockhart later sent road.cc full details of the incident in an attempt to clear up widespread misconceptions about the collision.
Asked to provide an update on the case this morning, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police told road.cc: “We are still investigating this incident and at the moment, we are working to id the driver.”
When told that the driver had been identified and asked to confirm that he would be interviewed, the police said: "We need to make further inquiries before he is interviewed."
Given that the player's name came up very early as a result of the social media campaign to trace the driver, you might wonder if the only place he's likely to be interviewed is on Match of The Day. However, if Greater Manchester Police are having trouble locating the driver, we have a pretty good idea where he wil be at 3pm tomorrow afternoon.
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John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.