A car rammed me (silver vespa) on Sumner road at the south east corner of Burgess park (Southwark). It happened on Tuesday 24th October at around 8:10 am. If you’ve seen it or parts of it, do let me know here on Twitter at @needwitness
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The full story:
There was road works on Trafalgar avenue - Sumner road and it hold up the traffic badly. I filtered this extra long line of cars up to the first car and waited on his right hand side until I saw a group of 6 or so motorcyclists coming up. I feared they would block the road for incoming traffic so decided to move in front of the first car. Bad idea.
I proceeded cautiously because there was just enough room. Had my two feet down and starred at the corner of his car to make sure I didn’t touch it. I was then stopped in front of him, still starring at the corner of his car, when I saw him moving forward. I screamed to alert him but he collided into me.
One of the motorcyclist was having a go at him when I came up to his window. I thought for a second asking him to be my witness but I thought I’d deal with the driver first (ALWAYS look for a witness first). I explained to the driver that he damaged my bike and then blocked his path forward to force him to stop on the side road (St George’s way). I didn’t trust him, and I was right.
Once stopped he proceeded to rub off the proof of the impact on his car. He lied about his car not being his. He stated that I ‘jumped’ in front of him and that I should be more careful. WTF. He then blackmailed me and lied some more.
I’ve been busy distributing notes to riders on my way to work. Putting signs at the local bus station which was packed that day but someone is dedicated to remove them overnight. I’m now standing by the side of the road and ask pedestrian while pointing at my signs I crafted and attached on trees (lucky me I’ve got a long, straight, major-junction free Trafalgar Avenue at my service).
I’m mainly targeting motorcyclists as the pack behind me would have seen everything. There were 5-6 of them. I’m determined to find a witness, not just because my bike is damaged, but because I’ve got the feeling he done it other riders, he needs to learn about responsibility. You can’t go intimidate and collide into riders without getting the consequences.
I thought the motorcyclist who chatted with him would have followed us, as I always do when I witness an accident. But as soon as the light turned green, everybody was gone (that was when I was walking back to my bike). I don’t blame them, we all need to be somewhere in the morning. I badly blame me for not asking.
I have now bought myself a Drift Ghost-S camera as an early Christmas treat! That will serve as witness if I ever get in trouble again. I also use it to protect myself, the careless driver does come by my signs in the morning pissed off, lately he felt menacing. But that won’t stop me.
If you saw the accident or parts of it get in touch. All I need to prove is that I didn’t ‘jump’ in front of him. If you want to help, do share the word, this post or my Twitter account @needwitness. Feel free to follow and retweet.
Thanks in advance