Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Dangerous Oxford

A CYCLIST says he is “baffled” by the attitude of a hit-and-run van driver who knocked him off his bike and left him lying injured in the road.

Japanese history professor Dr James McMullen’s cycle helmet was smashed in the incident in Woodstock Road, Oxford, on Monday. The 70-year-old would have been seriously injured without the safety gear. Dr McMullen, a lecturer at Oxford University’s Faculty of Oriental Studies, called for the driver of a white Mercedes sprinter van – or similar model – to hand himself into the police.

“I am shocked that the driver did not stop; I can’t get my mind round it,” he said. “There was quite a jolt when the van hit me so the driver must have felt the impact.

“How did the driver know he had not killed me?