September 30 2014 Latest news:
Sam Blewett, Reporter
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Footage of the cyclist who was hit by a car slamming into the windscreen and miraculously landing on his feet has gone viral with 300,000 views and counting on Youtube.
Lucky survivor Jack Thoburn, who crashed in London Road, Romford, posted the footage on YouTube. After the Recorder interviewed the cyclist and shared the footage, views of the film quickly started to rise from the 1,000 it had on Tuesday morning.
Even Lord Alan Sugar tweeted: “Bloody hell, that’s one lucky cyclist”.
Mr Thoborn, 27, said: “It has gone mad. Nothing like a near death experience to build interest.
“A couple of seconds earlier I would have hit the front of the car and ended up in the road, under a car, or even worse. A few seconds later and I’d have hit the side of the car and could have broken my neck.”
The video evidence of the incident earlier this month shows a driver not noticing Mr Thoburn and turning right across his lane.
But when Mr Thoburn, of Billericay, tried to claim on insurance to replace his bike there was a dispute. However, the insurers paid immediately when he handed over the footage.
He said: “In these kinds of cases where you‘re using it to protect yourself legally, then helmet cameras come in handy – in this case helping get my insurance claim through faster.”
Mr Thoburn, who was only wearing the camera for the second time, issued advice to drivers and cyclists alike.
“Take your time – people are always in a rush these days and cycling is growing.
“We need investment in cycle schemes and lanes, we need awareness from drivers that we’ve as much right to be on the road as drivers,” he said.
“And we need awareness from cyclists as well – there are as many bad cyclists as bad drivers.”