In shocking footage captured by a driver’s dashcam, a passenger can be seen leaning out of a car window in an attempt to push a cyclist off the road.
The behaviour has been described as “sickening” by members of the public.
According to eyewitnesses and video footage, the cyclist – who was wearing a hi-vis jacket – appeared to have done nothing wrong, but was attacked by the passenger out of the blue while riding through Tyldesley, near Wigan, on Wednesday.
Daniel Tereszczuk, 34, and his nine-year-old son – who captured the footage while driving in the car behind – said they couldn’t believe their eyes when they witnessed the scene unfold.
Daniel then shared the footage he’d captured from his dash cam onto social media.
The clip – which amassed a lot of local attention on Facebook – shows a Volkswagen Golf driving in front of the pair when a passenger suddenly clambers out of the window and attempts to push the cyclist while the car overtakes – but is unsuccessful.
The cyclist surprisingly avoids falling, and doesn’t appear phased by the incident.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.” Daniel said
“I had my son in the car with me and he was in complete shock too [as] even he knows how stupid doing something like that is. I was trying to see what the driver’s reaction was by looking in the wing mirror, but I think he was completely oblivious.
“He didn’t seem to know or care.”
This incident came as it was recently revealed that deaths of cyclists on British roads soared by 40% last year, despite lockdown taking traffic off the roads, with provisional figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) stating that 140 cyclists were killed in crashes in 2020 – compared with 100 in 2019.
These figures have understandably seen many cycle groups nationwide urge for further action on dangerous driving.
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