A Nottingham cyclist has reacted furiously after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided there was not enough evidence to convict a driver for a hit and run offence even though the whole incident was caught on video.
The man, who calls himself "Reginald Scot", claims he suffered a back injury and internal haemorrhaging when he was knocked off his bike on 15 November 2014 at a roundabout near the city centre. He uploaded the footage to YouTube to highlight what he said was an injustice after the CPS said it would not pursue a failing to stop and failing to report conviction because of a lack of evidence.
A 52-year-old man, from Nottingham, ultimately received six penalty points and a £150 fine for failing to provide driver details but the cyclist felt aggrieved at the leniency.
"I was hit right in the small of my back," he wrote on YouTube. "I received a severe back injury and internal haemorrhaging from the impact. It took four months for me to recover from my injuries with a further month of physiotherapy to reach normality.
"Despite the evidence, the police and the CPS failed to bring the driver in this attack to justice...I was abiding by traffic laws; I had lights, a helmet, a dayglow jacket and cameras. What more can I do as a cyclist for my safety?"
Nottingham Police said it investigated the incident and that the car was a hire vehicle that 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 either could have been driving on that day," the force said in a statement. "They were issued with a formal request to provide the driver's details, but did not respond. 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. A 52-year-old man, from Nottingham, received six penalty points and a £150 fine for failing to provide driver details."