Smashed in the arm by a flying can of pop.

kendobarron
kendobarron Posts: 43
edited June 2013 in Road general
So i was in the final few miles of a decent ride out with the club tonight. Riding single file. In a group of 5. I was number three in the group. No other traffic on the road at all. Then I notice a white van travelling in the opposite lane heading towards us. The next thing I notice is a full can of pop being hurtled from the drivers side window, fly straight past my pals head and smashes me straight in the arm. The guy behind gets gets covered in Lilt I think, my garmin is sticky and my right arm is cut and bruised with the force.

These white van men don't do themselves any favours. :roll:

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  • binsted
    binsted Posts: 182
    Registration, and report it to plod, if it had hit your mate in the head it could have killed him.
  • steve6690
    steve6690 Posts: 190
    Report it. Potentially very serious injuries, even death could have resulted from that. He might do it again
  • Camus
    Camus Posts: 189
    Happened to me a week ago but it was a can of Pringles out of a Merc. Report it but not much they can do probably, also someone suggested it could have just been littering and made contact due to bad timing from said litterer, still an offense though.
  • Didn't get the Registration unfort. Ill report it but not allot can be done. Just a shame, the world we live in. IF it hit my wheel, then for certain there would have been 3 cyclists skidding across the road on their backs.

    Definitely not littering. His arm was out of the window and he chucked it at us. He knew what he was doing alright.

    Im sure he'll do it again or something similar.

    Just thought id post what had happened to make everyone else on here more vigilant. no wonder more and more cyclists are wearing helmet cams.
  • Camus
    Camus Posts: 189
    Definitely not littering. His arm was out of the window and he chucked it at us. He knew what he was doing alright.

    Im sure he'll do it again or something similar.

    Just thought id post what had happened to make everyone else on here more vigilant. no wonder more and more cyclists are wearing helmet cams.

    Same here, these people think they can do what they like, when they like. It's not just about the law, it's about being decent and having respect for your fellow man, something these douches know nothing about and don't want to.
  • steve6690
    steve6690 Posts: 190
    It's Causing danger to road users. Quite a serious offence.
  • houston26
    houston26 Posts: 115
    This seems to be getting a lot more common, I was at work and saw someone throw a can at a solo cyclist

    Good in this case there was a t5 right behind him, blue lights, pull over, I laughed my head off as I overtook, prick
  • MountainMonster
    MountainMonster Posts: 7,423
    People in the Cambridge area seem to be alright, luckily enough. I've had the regular rage out attacks happen, but nothing physically happened yet. Knock on wood nothing will.
  • MrSweary
    MrSweary Posts: 1,699
    Camus wrote:
    It's not just about the law, it's about being decent and having respect for your fellow man, something these douches know nothing about and don't want to.

    This is the really sad part about it.
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  • BelgianBeerGeek
    BelgianBeerGeek Posts: 5,226
    steve6690 wrote:
    It's Causing danger to road users. Quite a serious offence.
    It is also an assault. If someone approached you randomly in the street and punched you, you would probably report it.
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  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,467
    The problem is that the people who do this sort of thing usually have an IQ of 70 and the educational achievements of your average labrador, so they don't actually understand that when they throw a can out of a moving vehicle it has the velocity of the vehicle to begin with. I would ban them from driving for life and also probably ban them from buying cans of drink, glass bottles, matches and anything else you would generally keep out of the hands of your average 3 year old.
  • shadow4532
    shadow4532 Posts: 133
    neeb wrote:
    The problem is that the people who do this sort of thing usually have an IQ of 70 and the educational achievements of your average labrador, so they don't actually understand that when they throw a can out of a moving vehicle it has the velocity of the vehicle to begin with. I would ban them from driving for life and also probably ban them from buying cans of drink, glass bottles, matches and anything else you would generally keep out of the hands of your average 3 year old.
    bit generous with the IQ there i think. :wink:
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  • fossyant
    fossyant Posts: 2,549
    Don't diss Labradors !
  • I've been assaulted twice now, once was a couple of Romany Gipsy traveller types in a tipper truck, passenger leant out the window as they passed me at speed and with a length of wire / rope or similar, whipped me across the back. Hurt like buggery! I shit myself but managed to stay on. Fast road, shock, addrenalin etc meant I missed his reg.

    Second was some hoody chav tosser who pulled out on a busy road, nearly had me off. I flipped him the bird and he sped off, did a u turn and chased after me, got out of his car some way down and stood in the middle of the road waiting for me !! I rode past and swerved to avoid but he landed a punch on my back. Minimal damage TBH but the fact that he was prepared to do that meant I was not going to stop to have it out with him or try and get his reg as he was clearly a nutter.

    These are the only 2 serious incidents in many years of cycling so feel quite lucky really. Shouldn't happen but then some people are arseholes. On a positive note, addrenalin is amazing ! Don't half ride fast after incidents like this lol !!
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  • seanoconn
    seanoconn Posts: 11,400
    Hope you're arm's ok mate. Hopefully it was diet lilt as full fat Lilt would do more damage.
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  • MountainMonster
    MountainMonster Posts: 7,423
    I've been assaulted twice now, once was a couple of Romany Gipsy traveller types in a tipper truck, passenger leant out the window as they passed me at speed and with a length of wire / rope or similar, whipped me across the back. Hurt like buggery! I shoot myself but managed to stay on. Fast road, shock, addrenalin etc meant I missed his reg.

    Second was some hoody chav tosser who pulled out on a busy road, nearly had me off. I flipped him the bird and he sped off, did a u turn and chased after me, got out of his car some way down and stood in the middle of the road waiting for me !! I rode past and swerved to avoid but he landed a punch on my back. Minimal damage TBH but the fact that he was prepared to do that meant I was not going to stop to have it out with him or try and get his reg as he was clearly a nutter.

    These are the only 2 serious incidents in many years of cycling so feel quite lucky really. Shouldn't happen but then some people are arseholes. On a positive note, addrenalin is amazing ! Don't half ride fast after incidents like this lol !!

    One of my favourites in the second situation is to remove the pump from my bike and just stick my arm out with it at the end. Safe distance away, and get's them moved from in front of me.
  • steve6690
    steve6690 Posts: 190
    steve6690 wrote:
    It's Causing danger to road users. Quite a serious offence.
    It is also an assault. If someone approached you randomly in the street and punched you, you would probably report it.
    I know. This would be charged as Common Assault. The other offence is more serious.
  • neeb wrote:
    The problem is that the people who do this sort of thing usually have an IQ of 70 and the educational achievements of your average labrador, so they don't actually understand that when they throw a can out of a moving vehicle it has the velocity of the vehicle to begin with. I would ban them from driving for life and also probably ban them from buying cans of drink, glass bottles, matches and anything else you would generally keep out of the hands of your average 3 year old.

    hahaa. class. this made me laugh.
  • rpherts
    rpherts Posts: 207
    fossyant wrote:
    Don't diss Labradors !

    Indeed. No Labrador has ever thrown a can at me, whether driving a van or not.
  • This has almost happened to me on three occasions, although luckily I haven't been hit. Unfortunately I have been unable to read the registration and report it.

    Drivers were idiots (although not Labradors - they weren't clever enough to be called Labradors...), they usually overtook, threw the object and speed off breaking several other laws at the same time (speed etc.)
  • velogee
    velogee Posts: 133
    Due to the injury it's an ABH, if it hit the guy in the head then were talking GBH. Not had anything physical, but got called a tirade of abuse from a 45 year old Surrey chav teaching her daughter to drive! These kids have no chance. Decades of decline in this country,
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  • steve6690
    steve6690 Posts: 190
    velogee wrote:
    Due to the injury it's an ABH, if it hit the guy in the head then were talking GBH. Not had anything physical, but got called a tirade of abuse from a 45 year old Surrey chav teaching her daughter to drive! These kids have no chance. Decades of decline in this country,

    Minor cuts and bruises would be charged as Common Assault. ABH is only charged where the injuries are serious enough to deserve more than 6 months in prison, and where "significant medical intervention or permanent effects have resulted".
    Hitting someone in the head is not gbh. It depends on the injury.
  • Churchill123
    Churchill123 Posts: 341
    I've been assaulted twice now, once was a couple of Romany Gipsy traveller types in a tipper truck, passenger leant out the window as they passed me at speed and with a length of wire / rope or similar, whipped me across the back. Hurt like buggery! I shoot myself but managed to stay on. Fast road, shock, addrenalin etc meant I missed his reg.

    Second was some hoody chav tosser who pulled out on a busy road, nearly had me off. I flipped him the bird and he sped off, did a u turn and chased after me, got out of his car some way down and stood in the middle of the road waiting for me !! I rode past and swerved to avoid but he landed a punch on my back. Minimal damage TBH but the fact that he was prepared to do that meant I was not going to stop to have it out with him or try and get his reg as he was clearly a nutter.

    These are the only 2 serious incidents in many years of cycling so feel quite lucky really. Shouldn't happen but then some people are arseholes. On a positive note, addrenalin is amazing ! Don't half ride fast after incidents like this lol !!



    That's absolutely disgusting mate! - Especially the first, what the hell did the pikey nob think he was doing! - It makes me so angry to read how drivers think it's ok to assault or intimidate someone just because they are on a bike!!!
  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    What is it we do to trigger this sort of abuse? Personally anyone who stops to wait for me, would be greeted by seeing me turn around and ride the other way. Its not worth getting stabbed for.

    steve6690 wrote:
    steve6690 wrote:
    It's Causing danger to road users. Quite a serious offence.
    It is also an assault. If someone approached you randomly in the street and punched you, you would probably report it.
    I know. This would be charged as Common Assault. The other offence is more serious.

    If it missed the person, and was thrown by a passenger then yes this would be the best option, but since it hit them and he was the driver, I'd suggest you have more serious options.
  • chrisaonabike
    chrisaonabike Posts: 1,914
    DSORBY2 wrote:
    i honestly laughed so hard at this! so funny! but unlucky it hit you! good job it wasnt in the face!
    What are you, 8?
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  • steve6690
    steve6690 Posts: 190
    diy wrote:
    What is it we do to trigger this sort of abuse? Personally anyone who stops to wait for me, would be greeted by seeing me turn around and ride the other way. Its not worth getting stabbed for.

    steve6690 wrote:
    steve6690 wrote:
    It's Causing danger to road users. Quite a serious offence.
    It is also an assault. If someone approached you randomly in the street and punched you, you would probably report it.
    I know. This would be charged as Common Assault. The other offence is more serious.

    If it missed the person, and was thrown by a passenger then yes this would be the best option, but since it hit them and he was the driver, I'd suggest you have more serious options.

    Such as ?
  • mamba80
    mamba80 Posts: 5,032
    Regardless of whether you got the reg, the police would have done nothing, he would have denied it and with no chance of a prosecution....... jack shxt !

    Are the police a complete waste of time? yes, closely followed by the criminal justice system.
  • jasgill
    jasgill Posts: 18
    This happened to me, passenger threw a can of drink at me and called me a black bastard.
    I got some of the reg. and reported it, haven't heard anything since.
  • Rodders30
    Rodders30 Posts: 314
    Today one friend had an apple thrown at them. Another a bottle and me just verbal abuse. All from the same car. Just hope they crashed round a corner and suffered a slow painful death. Unfortunatley though, nice things dont happen to horrible people...
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