- HATTY COLLIER
- Friday 27 January 2017 18:44 BST
A disabled cyclist was knocked out cold when he was punched in the face by a driver during a road rage row in central London, witnesses said.
The cyclist, 27, was allegedly attacked after he got into an argument with the driver of a silver Toyota Prius who was attempting to overtake him along a narrow street in Holborn on Thursday afternoon.
Witnesses said the cyclist, who was riding a wheelchair cycle, became jammed between a parked car and the Toyota Prius but managed to force himself free during the incident in Endell Street.
The motorist, who is believed to be a minicab driver, allegedly got out of the car and punched the cyclist in the face after he banged his hand onto the bonnet in frustration.
Video footage taken in the aftermath shows the cyclist on the floor next to a hand pedal bike.
Scotland Yard said a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH in connection with the incident.
Police said officers were called to the assault in Endell Street at about 4.25pm and found the victim suffering from facial injuries.
The cyclist was taken to a hospital in central London by paramedics.
A spokesman for minicab app Uber told the Standard that a private hire driver had been suspended from using the app while the company investigated.
The witness told the Standard: “After the cyclist became jammed between the parked car and the Prius, he managed to force his way out and slapped his hand on the bonnet which aggravated the driver.
“The driver jumped out of his car and went down on top of him. As I was jumping out of my car to stop it, his car rolled forward into two other parked cars.
“I ran round and pulled him off. And everything was calm for a couple of seconds. But then the driver noticed that his car had rolled into the parked cars. He shouted ‘look what you made me do’ and threw a punch straight into his face and he was knocked out cold.
“He was out cold for about 30 seconds. I stepped in between them to stop him from doing anything else and somebody else called the police.”
Billy Clerkin, 24, from Peckham, was cycling home from work past the incident and saw the police arrive at the scene.
Mr Clerkin, a technology worker and cycling campaigner, said: “There was a lot of traffic down Endell Street and cars trying to get down there from High Holborn. I filtered through and got to the incident.
“There was a man on the floor sitting up in the middle of the road with what looked like a hand pedal bike next to him, which was definitely a bike for wheelchair users. He was on the floor with some damage to his face.
“There was a man, who I thought was a private hire driver, shouting at the cyclist on the floor and telling him he was in the way.