Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

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Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby chrisw » 23 May 2009, 8:00pm

Has any one else seen this? CCTV captures the moment Boris Johnson is nearly killed whilst cycling in London.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/may/23/boris-cycling

I couldn't believe it to say there were lucky is an understatement!

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby thirdcrank » 23 May 2009, 8:18pm

"Round a corner peddled (sic) the mayor and the minister, enjoying the ride, until a large lorry overtook them."

We've had a thread on here about that too.

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby hubgearfreak » 23 May 2009, 8:57pm

let's have a sweepstake. my bet is 3 points, £50 fine for that lorry driver

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby jan19 » 23 May 2009, 9:19pm

well I am certainly no fan of Boris but that's horrible.

I hope the driver of the lorry is disqualified from driving at the very least. For a long time.

Jan

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby thirdcrank » 23 May 2009, 9:45pm

You never know how the publicity affects something like that but around here, I would have expected that to be a caution letter. Probably a firm's lorry, not easy for the driver to know the back door lock / latch was dicky etc. I suppose we are unlikely to hear the result.

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby eileithyia » 23 May 2009, 10:11pm

Well I would have thought anyone driving is responsible for the vehicle's roadworthiness at the time it is taken from the depot.
If I were to start driving someone else's car with a load on a roof rack and that load fell off I would be prosecuted for having an unsafe load.
So surely a lorry driver should be responsible for ensuring the rear doors are secured etc.

What is so horrifying is the speed with which the door swung open and the effect on the parked car, it is very lucky that no one was seriously injured or killed.

.....and besides he was going extremely fast for the conditions, and should not have been overtaking at that narrow point in the road.
So you can probably add speeding, driving without due care and attention, to driving with a unsafe/illegal vehicle.
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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby 7_lives_left » 24 May 2009, 1:00am

Of course it was the cycle helmet that saved him...
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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby Beakyboy » 24 May 2009, 9:07am

I had a goldfish called Boris once.
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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby Mick F » 24 May 2009, 9:11am

My goldfish was called Fred, and he never made to the dizzy heights of Mayor of London despite having a good CV.
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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby Cunobelin » 24 May 2009, 10:43am

LOcally a couple of years ago we had a child killed by a loose crane arm, the driver got 2 years

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby Cunobelin » 24 May 2009, 10:45am

Mick F wrote:My goldfish was called Fred, and he never made to the dizzy heights of Mayor of London despite having a good CV.


Traditionally London is rather "Cattist" in these matters, although a fish might be able to access the floating vote

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby richardyorkshire » 24 May 2009, 6:58pm

It looks like the truck accelerated in an attempt to get past the cyclists, and in doing so clattered over a speed bump causing the ill fastened door to come open.

I've seen similar situations when cars put on a burst of speed to get past, ignoring the fact that there is a speed bump approaching. They then hit the speed bump way too fast and there is a clang from undercarriage striking the bump. It must play merry havoc with their suspension.

Why do some drivers insist on overtaking come what may?
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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby Fatou » 24 May 2009, 7:57pm

I like the way the story is written as 'Boris diced with death', as if the probability that this would happen is likely.
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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby thirdcrank » 24 May 2009, 10:29pm

Cunobelin wrote:LOcally a couple of years ago we had a child killed by a loose crane arm, the driver got 2 years


Unfortunately, I can't get that link to work. I presume the charge was manslaughter, in which case two years would be viewed by many people as lenient. In this case, it's a non-injury collision. It's my impression that in many parts of the country the police might not even attend:

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Police emergency. You've had an accident? I see. Is anybody hurt? Well, if nobody's hurt, is the road blocked? I see. You can drive your truck but there is a car in the road. I see. Is it blocking the road? Only partly? Traffic can still get by. Good. Nothing to do with us then..... What's that? A very angry cyclist says he's Boris Johnson? Ho, ho. Tell him he should have been wearing a helmet. What's that? You say he was wearing a helmet? That's OK then. Click... (dialling tone.)

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Re: Boris nearly killed whilst cycling

Postby sirmy » 25 May 2009, 8:04am

What struck me was that the driver, after coming to a stop, first went to close the doors on the back of his lorry!

Did he go over to the cyclists and ask if they were OK? No he didn't. From what can be seen he had very little communication with them and the fact that he had just put a group of people in an extremely dangerous situation appears not to register at all.