“He was not intending to do my health any good,” said Andrew Gilligan about the road rage motorist who deliberately knocked him off his bike last Wednesday evening. City Police say that a Camden man was arrested and subsequently released under investigation.
The London Evening Standard (link is external) reports that London’s former cycling commissioner was riding along Bishopsgate outside Liverpool Street Station when he went into the back of a black SUV which stopped in front of him suddenly.
Gilligan said he went to “politely” remonstrate with the driver, who started to get out of the vehicle.
“He looked rather threatening so I thought I should cycle off. He revved up and went straight into the back of me.
“I was knocked off my bike and lying on the ground, bleeding. I could see him racing away. Police were on the scene very quickly and arrested the guy.”
Gilligan said his bike was a wreck, adding: “I have tyre marks on my shoes. It could have been so much worse. I am very, very shaken — I was very close to being paralysed.”
He also has long cuts on his shins and bruised feet, “so I cannot walk any kind of speed or distance. I’ve been more or less at home for the past eight days.”
I’m sorry to say that someone deliberately drove his car into me the other night (road-rage; not personal). My bike is a wreck; I escaped with cuts and bruising, possibly cracked ribs, but I’m immobile for a bit. City of London Police were great and have arrested the driver.
— Andrew Gilligan (@mragilligan)
A spokeswoman for City Police said: “We can confirm a 27-year old man from Camden was arrested on April 4 for offences including grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.”