This was posted to aus.bicycle tonight:
I will keep this short for the time being and save the full story for
another day. Basically, I was hit by a passenger of a car who swung his door
open in front of me whilst he was waiting in traffic. I hit the door at full
speed, suffered injuries (the full extent of which are still unknown at this
stage) and my racing bike is a write off (bike is a mid range Orbea). The
driver and passenger of the car then supplied false details to me in the
hope that I did not note their registration. I did, the matter has been
reported to the Police and parties involved will apparently be charged with
various offences in due course- or so the Police tell me.
This incident occured at approx 9.30am last Friday (24th) on High Street
Northcote going towards the CBD, approx 100metres before the Westgarth St
I am now seeking witnesses to the incident. There were plenty of people who
witnessed it, but in my writhing pain and preoccupation with my injuries I
was unable to collect their details. I am hoping someone out there witnessed
the accident or knows someone who did. It would help mine and the Police's
I know it is a long shot, but if anyone here saw the accident or knows of
someone who did please email me at sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au. Please
remove (nospam) before emailing.
I would also be interested in hearing from anyone who has been in a similar
situtation, particularly in regards to the outcome in terms of the Police
prosecution and retrieving compensation for bike damage from the car owners
insurance. Unfortunately privacy laws do not allow the Police to tell me who
the car owner is at this stage (they can once the investigation is
complete), so it looks like I may be without a bike for a while.
Finally, I cannot believe the stupidity of these people in giving false
details where a person has been injured. The car in question was quite
extensively damaged (it was an almost new Ford ute), so they would have had
to make a claim on insurance anyway. What the hell goes through the minds of
Anyway, if anyone can help that would be greatly appreciated.
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