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"Good luck finding me on foreign plates" case passed to CPS

Driver of matt black Audi identified as STeven N'Zonzi by own team manager...

Greater Manchester Police have passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding Steven N’Zonzi, the premier league footballer involved in an incident with a cyclist in Manchester recently.

Manchester cyclist Rob Lockhart says that on September 5 he collided with a matt black Audi that had abruptly pulled in front of him to park on double yellow lines outside a shop in Hale.

When he asked the driver to exchange details so their insurance companies could sort out any claim arising from the collision, Rob claims the driver refused and said: “Good luck finding me on foreign plates.”

Rob tweeted pictures of the car, and within hours social media sleuths had identified the driver as a premier league footballer who lives in the area.

Various newspapers identified the driver as Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and Stoke City boss Mark Hughes later confirmed he’d spoken to the player about the incident.

“Having spoken to him, I don't think he's done anything wrong,” Hughes told a press conference.

But in the latest update from the police, a spokesperson told road.cc: “Greater Manchester Police has now spoken to the driver of the Audi that was involved in a collision with a cyclist.

“On Thursday 5 September 2013, police received a report of a collision taking place at about 5.45pm that evening, at the junction of Victoria Road and Ashley Road in Hale, Trafford.

“The driver was interviewed under caution by officers.

“While there are no offences for dangerous driving, a file has now been passed to the CPS.

“The offences under consideration are failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to notify the DVLA about the change of address.”

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson 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 editor Tony Farelly, 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 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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