Mike Kininmonth, Hackney, London, February 2011
Mike suffered a head and shoulder injury in a collision with a taxi driver.
The taxi driver, who was attempting to overtake Mike, collided with the rear of his bike when he had to abandon the overtaking manoeuvre on approach to a pinch point. Mike slammed into the ground, hitting his head and shoulder as he went down.
He has had 4 operations on his shoulder and nearly a year and a half later is still receiving medical treatment. He has suffered psychiatric trauma since the incident and is now undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy.
Mike had to phone various police stations to find out where the incident had been registered, finally discovering that the attending officer had not registered the incident before going on holiday. The police did not visit Mike to take his statement; instead they posted him a statement form, which he had to fill out by hand despite his shoulder injury, demonstrating disregard for the needs of injured victims.
When the CPS decided to press charges, the case report was sent back to Stoke Newington police station and was lost. The report was eventually found, albeit minus witness statements, which had to be retaken. The driver was charged with dangerous driving but convicted of careless driving. He received a £500 fine and 3 penalty points.