Cyclist angry as drivers ignore him after Finedon crash

Lloyd Bettles was knocked off his bicycle and no-one stopped to help as he lay on the ground
Lloyd Bettles was knocked off his bicycle and no-one stopped to help as he lay on the ground

An experienced cyclist is upset at motorists’ reactions after he was knocked off his bike.

Lloyd Bettles was cycling to work at about 9.45am on Saturday, November 2, when a car did a U-turn in front of him, knocking him off his bike.

Mr Bettles said: “I was going along the A6 out of Finedon when this car appeared out of nowhere.

“I’m an experienced cyclist and I had time to think ‘I can either skid under the wheels or bounce off the car’.

“I bounced into the car and was close enough to see the passenger’s face before I was sent flying into the mud and grass at the side of the road.

“The car didn’t stop and sped away.

“There was no way they didn’t know what happened and I was stunned they didn’t stop to see how I was.

“For all they knew I could have been dead.”

To make matters worse, not one motorist then stopped to see how he was, despite having to pull out into the other side of the road to get past his bike.

Mr Bettles said: “Things happen all the time, I’ve had people chasing me, shouting at me out of the car window and chucking things at me but luckily I’ve never been knocked off before.

“But I’m gutted that no-one even stopped to see how I was.

“To me this was worse than the accident itself. Is this the society we now live in? Surely it should be human nature to reach down and help others.”

Despite his accident, Mr Bettles said it will not put him off riding his bike, but he added: “In our society the motorist is right 100 per cent of the time.

“If they’d have thought it was my fault they would have stopped as I put a big dent in their car.”

Mr Bettles has reported the incident to the police.