Cyclist badly hurt in 'brutal' hit and run captured on video
Prosecutors drop case against two people accused of being involved in a hit-and-run which left Reginald Scot badly hurt - despite the victim filming the offending vehicle's registration plate
Published 04/02/2016 | 08:50
A cyclist has released a video of a hit and run he was involved in after failing to find justice in the courtroom.
The video, filmed in November 2014, shows a car accelerating into the cyclist (who goes by the online pseudonym Reginald Scot) and knocking him from his bike - causing him to suffer serious back and internal injuries.
Nottinghamshire Police said every effort had been made to establish who was at the wheel of the Volvo.
In a statement, the Nottinghamshire force said inquiries into the incident had led to a 52-year-old man receiving six penalty points and a £150 fine for failing to provide driver details.
The statement added: "The investigating officer established that the car was a hire vehicle which had been sub-leased through a number of different companies.
"The officer identified and traced a man and woman who were eligible to drive the vehicle, so could have been driving on that day.
"They were interviewed and summonsed to court for failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and failing to respond to a legal request for driver details.
"However, the evidence was reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service and a decision was made that there was not enough evidence to prove who was driving the vehicle at the moment of the collision.
"As a result, the prosecution for failing to stop and failing to report was discontinued.
"While we share the victim's disappointment at the outcome, we feel the investigating police officer made every effort to ensure that the occupants of the car were found and brought before the courts."
The video, posted YouTube by the cyclist, shows the car accelerating towards him near the BBC's offices in Nottingham, capturing the moment the cyclist was thrown to the ground as the car sped off.
In a post alongside the YouTube video, the cyclist said it had taken him four months to recover from his injuries.
"To this day I have no idea why the driver did this to me," he said.
Has has also said the CPS should have prosecuted a man and a woman who both said they could not remember hitting anyone.
Asked what he had been told about the decision to withdraw charges of failing to stop at the scene of an accident brought against a man and a woman, the cyclist added: "The police are saying basically the driver is not admitting to hitting you.
They (the man and woman) say they don't remember hitting a cyclist. Supposedly that stood up in court. How it stood up when their name is on documentation I have no idea, but I'm not a lawyer."
The cyclist added: "I don't believe they wouldn't notice hitting a cyclist at that speed. When I'm driving in my car and a small stone hit the window I hear it. A 70kg guy with a 12kg bike - you are going to know you have hit that."
Despite the driver's actions, Reginald Scot told The Telegraph that wished to emphasise the need for safe cycling.