Kevin O'Sullivan | September 19, 2020

Dalston hit and run

Impossible really for this case in the last 24 hours (cyclist hits pedestrian in Dalston and flees the scene )not to give me mixed feelings. I have dealt with so many hit and run cases for cyclists over the years and have several ongoing at present. I always do.

Cyclists (and pedestrians ) are disproportionately the victims of hit and runs , so many of which happen after dark when it is easier to flee and there are fewer witnesses around.

I awoke today to the news that the cyclist has handed himself into the police which is great although it was probably only a matter of time before he was located because the image was so strong.

The media love a cyclist v pedestrian story as they did with the Charlie Alliston case and I expect this will assist the campaign for laws to update the ' furious and wanton cycling' charge.

This has also happened on my doorstep , the bike was found dumped a 10 minute walk from where I live.

I hope the media reporting is as fair as it can be and have more faith in the Hackney Gazette and the Standard than I do the nationals.