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.”
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.