A police appeal has been launched after a road cyclist was struck and dragged by the flap of his coat in a ‘shocking road rage incident’ in Finsbury Park.
The Met says the cyclist was running past stationary traffic at a red traffic light on Endymion Road on his way home around 6.15pm on November 8.
When the lights turned green, the cyclist passed a car and set off to continue his journey, Scotland Yard said, when the car began beeping and revving its engine.Read:Exeter Queen Street police incident: Pedestrian seriously injured in bus crash
The rear tire came out after the driver “hit the cyclist’s rear wheel twice, forcing the cyclist into oncoming traffic”.
The cyclist, aged 40, managed to keep his balance, but then the driver reached through his window and grabbed his hood.
The driver continued driving while holding the bike’s hood, pulling it down the road before eventually falling off his bike, at which point the driver spun off.
Police added that the cyclist was lucky because he only sustained minor injuries.
The car is described as blue, and the driver is an “older” black man with a beard and graying hair.
The Met’s North Area CID is investigating and appealing for witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone with dashcam footage.Read:Queen Elizabeth’s coffin leaves Scotland accompanied by Princess Anne | Queen Elizabeth II
Dt Sgt Nick Davies said: “This was an appalling incident of road rage, dragging a cyclist along at speed before inevitably falling off.
“The cyclist was badly knocked and shocked, but fortunately no more serious injuries resulted due to the surrounding drivers being alert and able to brake in time.
“I want to thank the people who actually came forward about this incident, as well as those who stopped to help the cyclist that day.Read:Cricket club loses licence as two men charged after police raid
“The accident happened during rush hour and I would like to appeal to anyone who has not yet come forward to do so.
“If you were in the area around 6.15pm on Tuesday 8 November, please check the dash cam footage and contact us if you have caught anything, no matter how insignificant you think it is.”
Anyone with information or police camera footage should contact the police at 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD7959/23NOV22.
Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.