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Driver who knocked down girl cyclist backs shocking campaign

The Argus: Driver who knocked down girl cyclist backs shocking campaign Driver who knocked down girl cyclist backs shocking campaign

The driver who knocked down a 12-year-old girl has described the video of the incident as “unbelievable” and has hailed the police's decision to release it.

Hugo Purchase, 42, a carer from Chichester, was driving to work in his silver Suzuki when he struck the girl on a bike who was sat stationary in the middle of the road.

Mr Purchase took responsibility for the incident, having pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, and urged other drives to watch the video.

He said: "I fully support the police's decision to release the CCTV and would encourage all motorists to watch it.

"It is quite shocking, and if it encourages drivers to change their habits then it is worth releasing.

"I have seen the video several times and still don't know how I failed to see the girl. She was sitting there for around 20 seconds. It is unbelievable.

"I looked left and right before pulling out but failed to look where I was actually going before launching forwards.

"I had my foot on the clutch as I prepared to change gear. I wish I had my foot on the brake instead.

"The poor girl was in a lot of pain, and I think she landed on her coccyx. Thankfully, she was not too seriously injured.

"I am no hooligan, and I admitted my guilt at court. I have since learned my lesson and changed the way I drive."The video was released as part of a campaign by Sussex Police urging drivers and cyclists to look out for one another in a bid to reduce the annual bike death toll.

Mr Purchase said: "Hopefully cyclists can also learn something from this video too.

"It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day.

"It may not have made a difference in this case, but I would urge cyclists to wear bright clothes, or high visibility items."

Magistrates ordered he pay 85 pounds costs, an 85 pounds fine, and 20 pounds into a fund for victims of crime.

The girl suffered minor injuries.


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7:00am Fri 2 May 14

DougM says...

"It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day."

What an absolute load of rubbish. If there was any question of it being too dark to be able to see the cyclist then why weren't the car's lights on?
I can see the cyclist from the distant CCTV camera perfectly clearly even if she was in jet black - talking about hi-viz is just trying to transfer the blame without any basis.
Some people won't be happy until the whole world is wearing hi-viz. Using their irrational logic one would say that Mark Shand should have been wearing a helmet.,
"It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day." What an absolute load of rubbish. If there was any question of it being too dark to be able to see the cyclist then why weren't the car's lights on? I can see the cyclist from the distant CCTV camera perfectly clearly even if she was in jet black - talking about hi-viz is just trying to transfer the blame without any basis. Some people won't be happy until the whole world is wearing hi-viz. Using their irrational logic one would say that Mark Shand should have been wearing a helmet., DougM
  • Score: 29

7:46am Fri 2 May 14

matlock says...

DougM wrote:
"It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day."

What an absolute load of rubbish. If there was any question of it being too dark to be able to see the cyclist then why weren't the car's lights on?
I can see the cyclist from the distant CCTV camera perfectly clearly even if she was in jet black - talking about hi-viz is just trying to transfer the blame without any basis.
Some people won't be happy until the whole world is wearing hi-viz. Using their irrational logic one would say that Mark Shand should have been wearing a helmet.,
In virtually every sentence, this man volunteers full responsibility for his actions and admits that it was his fault.

All he is saying is that cyclists can help themselves by wearing brighter clothing but notes that it may not have made any difference in this case.

I hope you are never called-up for jury service.
[quote][p][bold]DougM[/bold] wrote: "It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day." What an absolute load of rubbish. If there was any question of it being too dark to be able to see the cyclist then why weren't the car's lights on? I can see the cyclist from the distant CCTV camera perfectly clearly even if she was in jet black - talking about hi-viz is just trying to transfer the blame without any basis. Some people won't be happy until the whole world is wearing hi-viz. Using their irrational logic one would say that Mark Shand should have been wearing a helmet.,[/p][/quote]In virtually every sentence, this man volunteers full responsibility for his actions and admits that it was his fault. All he is saying is that cyclists can help themselves by wearing brighter clothing but notes that it may not have made any difference in this case. I hope you are never called-up for jury service. matlock
  • Score: 33

8:42am Fri 2 May 14

Andy R says...

DougM wrote:
"It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day."

What an absolute load of rubbish. If there was any question of it being too dark to be able to see the cyclist then why weren't the car's lights on?
I can see the cyclist from the distant CCTV camera perfectly clearly even if she was in jet black - talking about hi-viz is just trying to transfer the blame without any basis.
Some people won't be happy until the whole world is wearing hi-viz. Using their irrational logic one would say that Mark Shand should have been wearing a helmet.,
Well...he's clearly not trying to "transfer blame" is he?
[quote][p][bold]DougM[/bold] wrote: "It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day." What an absolute load of rubbish. If there was any question of it being too dark to be able to see the cyclist then why weren't the car's lights on? I can see the cyclist from the distant CCTV camera perfectly clearly even if she was in jet black - talking about hi-viz is just trying to transfer the blame without any basis. Some people won't be happy until the whole world is wearing hi-viz. Using their irrational logic one would say that Mark Shand should have been wearing a helmet.,[/p][/quote]Well...he's clearly not trying to "transfer blame" is he? Andy R
  • Score: 14

9:52am Fri 2 May 14

TIMBURRY says...

I had my foot on the clutch as I prepared to change gear. I wish I had my foot on the brake instead. It sounds to me he needs to go back and have a few more driving lessons. (Left foot clutch, right foot brake and accelerator)
I had my foot on the clutch as I prepared to change gear. I wish I had my foot on the brake instead. It sounds to me he needs to go back and have a few more driving lessons. (Left foot clutch, right foot brake and accelerator) TIMBURRY
  • Score: 5

10:07am Fri 2 May 14

welesmere says...

The girl was 'sat stationary in the middle of the road'. What on earth for? No hi-viz, no indication of any intention. She shares the blame, I'm afraid.
The girl was 'sat stationary in the middle of the road'. What on earth for? No hi-viz, no indication of any intention. She shares the blame, I'm afraid. welesmere
  • Score: -59

10:15am Fri 2 May 14

Paul M says...

Welesmere is really talking horsesh*t. To blame for simply being there, stationary and waiting for clear space to move? Jeez!

I do however think we should give he driver a break. Yes, he committed an act for which he was rightly penalised, but he pleaded guilty and clearly has some understanding of the impact of his errors. Many motorists who commit such offences have no such self-awareness.
Welesmere is really talking horsesh*t. To blame for simply being there, stationary and waiting for clear space to move? Jeez! I do however think we should give he driver a break. Yes, he committed an act for which he was rightly penalised, but he pleaded guilty and clearly has some understanding of the impact of his errors. Many motorists who commit such offences have no such self-awareness. Paul M
  • Score: 43

10:18am Fri 2 May 14

SAHSAH says...

welesmere wrote:
The girl was 'sat stationary in the middle of the road'. What on earth for? No hi-viz, no indication of any intention. She shares the blame, I'm afraid.
Its fairly obvious from her road positioning she was turning right, if you don't understand that and think that's a reasonable reason to drive into her then I sincerely hope you don't drive on our public roads.
As for hiviz, it has been shown time and time again in research studies to be ineffective. We can all clearly see the child in the video, her visibility is not the problem, the driver failing to look properly is the problem.
[quote][p][bold]welesmere[/bold] wrote: The girl was 'sat stationary in the middle of the road'. What on earth for? No hi-viz, no indication of any intention. She shares the blame, I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]Its fairly obvious from her road positioning she was turning right, if you don't understand that and think that's a reasonable reason to drive into her then I sincerely hope you don't drive on our public roads. As for hiviz, it has been shown time and time again in research studies to be ineffective. We can all clearly see the child in the video, her visibility is not the problem, the driver failing to look properly is the problem. SAHSAH
  • Score: 32

10:26am Fri 2 May 14

gazza_d says...

"It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day.

"It may not have made a difference in this case, but I would urge cyclists to wear bright clothes, or high visibility items."

I trust he has since resprayed his silver car to a brighter colour which is more visible on a dull day.

Also odd how CCTV could clearly see the girl from a distance, but he could not from close up.

He needs to have a long hard think about what he did and subsequently said. Transferring even some blame is ugly
"It was my fault that I hit her but she was dressed in all grey on what was a rather grey day. "It may not have made a difference in this case, but I would urge cyclists to wear bright clothes, or high visibility items." I trust he has since resprayed his silver car to a brighter colour which is more visible on a dull day. Also odd how CCTV could clearly see the girl from a distance, but he could not from close up. He needs to have a long hard think about what he did and subsequently said. Transferring even some blame is ugly gazza_d
  • Score: 3

10:32am Fri 2 May 14

rochenko says...

welesmere, as the video makes clear, she's stopped on top of a right turn arrow. How much more do you need? If your comment indicates the limit of your observational skills, for Christ's sake keep off the roads.
welesmere, as the video makes clear, she's stopped on top of a right turn arrow. How much more do you need? If your comment indicates the limit of your observational skills, for Christ's sake keep off the roads. rochenko
  • Score: 21

10:38am Fri 2 May 14

stanff says...

"Not my fault" - garbage, and then trying to transfer blame to the cyclist because she wasnt wearing hi-viz and was not decorated like an xmas tree.

IT WAS FAILURE TO LOOK TWICE in each direction!

Look at the video, I suspect he was looking RIGHT and only right for cars. Those passing cars hide the girl. As the last car passes, he switches quickly to only looking LEFT, and begins moving on the ASSUMPTION that his path his clear. He hits the girl because he FAILED TO LOOK TWICE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS before setting off.

If the girl had been wearing hi-viz, he still would have hit the girl because of his poor technique of not looking properly. It's called a SACCADE.

Google: "What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road"

Hi-viz transfers blame to the victim, despite the failure and poor technique of the driver
"Not my fault" - garbage, and then trying to transfer blame to the cyclist because she wasnt wearing hi-viz and was not decorated like an xmas tree. IT WAS FAILURE TO LOOK TWICE in each direction! Look at the video, I suspect he was looking RIGHT and only right for cars. Those passing cars hide the girl. As the last car passes, he switches quickly to only looking LEFT, and begins moving on the ASSUMPTION that his path his clear. He hits the girl because he FAILED TO LOOK TWICE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS before setting off. If the girl had been wearing hi-viz, he still would have hit the girl because of his poor technique of not looking properly. It's called a SACCADE. Google: "What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road" Hi-viz transfers blame to the victim, despite the failure and poor technique of the driver stanff
  • Score: 6

10:51am Fri 2 May 14

voiceofthescoombe says...

Hi viz only helps if you are actually looking
Hi viz only helps if you are actually looking voiceofthescoombe
  • Score: 21

12:10pm Fri 2 May 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Scan is the operative word and not look; whether you are a wheeled road user or one on foot.
Try practising it for a day when walking driving or cycling and you'll soon feel uncomfortable if you don't.
Scan is the operative word and not look; whether you are a wheeled road user or one on foot. Try practising it for a day when walking driving or cycling and you'll soon feel uncomfortable if you don't. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 0

2:29pm Fri 2 May 14

infinitygirl says...

This exact same accident happened to me on my bike some years ago. I was wearing hi-viz, and must have been directly in front of the driver for at least one minute, waiting to turn across traffic. Even he admitted that he couldn't understand why he hadn't seen me. As someone said above, hi-viz won't protect a cyclist from motorists who aren't looking.
This exact same accident happened to me on my bike some years ago. I was wearing hi-viz, and must have been directly in front of the driver for at least one minute, waiting to turn across traffic. Even he admitted that he couldn't understand why he hadn't seen me. As someone said above, hi-viz won't protect a cyclist from motorists who aren't looking. infinitygirl
  • Score: 9

4:03pm Fri 2 May 14

MzEden1 says...

I always wear Hi Vis on my bike and the amount of people who 'don't see me' is staggering.
I do make it hard for them though what with being nearly 6ft tall, wearing hi vis, reflective tape all over me and my bike and flashing lights on my bike, me and my bag. I'm nearly impossible to see!
If someone's not looking it doesn't matter what you wear.
I always wear Hi Vis on my bike and the amount of people who 'don't see me' is staggering. I do make it hard for them though what with being nearly 6ft tall, wearing hi vis, reflective tape all over me and my bike and flashing lights on my bike, me and my bag. I'm nearly impossible to see! If someone's not looking it doesn't matter what you wear. MzEden1
  • Score: 7

4:47pm Fri 2 May 14

losdude says...

jesus, what do you people want?!? the driver has obvious admitted he was at fault and just tried to promote a bit of road safety!!
I say good on the man for owning up to everything!
jesus, what do you people want?!? the driver has obvious admitted he was at fault and just tried to promote a bit of road safety!! I say good on the man for owning up to everything! losdude
  • Score: 9

4:50pm Fri 2 May 14

wexler53 says...

This driver is clearly at fault - furthermore, he accepts the blame. He agreed to the release of the video to show the rest of us, just how easy it is to make a mistake, or an error of judgement. This could happen to any of us.

This man has my respect for taking responsibility.

When I use the roads, I try to drive/cycle/walk with due diligence, and take responsibility for myself and my actions.

I know from experience that I see the cyclist in high viz much sooner than others, which is why I wear it myself when cycling.

Whilst it's not relevant in this case, after all, this person was right in front of him, I can't understand why cyclists in general have a problem with being responsible too?

Why such negative responses always? However you use them, be it as a pedestrian, bus passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or driver, there are risks attached.

Responsibility is not transferable, and if we all took more care of ourselves, along with showing each other respect, the roads would be safer for all of us.
This driver is clearly at fault - furthermore, he accepts the blame. He agreed to the release of the video to show the rest of us, just how easy it is to make a mistake, or an error of judgement. This could happen to any of us. This man has my respect for taking responsibility. When I use the roads, I try to drive/cycle/walk with due diligence, and take responsibility for myself and my actions. I know from experience that I see the cyclist in high viz much sooner than others, which is why I wear it myself when cycling. Whilst it's not relevant in this case, after all, this person was right in front of him, I can't understand why cyclists in general have a problem with being responsible too? Why such negative responses always? However you use them, be it as a pedestrian, bus passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or driver, there are risks attached. Responsibility is not transferable, and if we all took more care of ourselves, along with showing each other respect, the roads would be safer for all of us. wexler53
  • Score: 5

5:13pm Fri 2 May 14

ian@cotter says...

double points for a cyclist
double points for a cyclist ian@cotter
  • Score: -10

6:38pm Fri 2 May 14

Terry K says...

Looks to me like the girl was in his blind spot, the windscreen pillar made her invisible until too late, i what have allowed for that though as any good driver should.
Looks to me like the girl was in his blind spot, the windscreen pillar made her invisible until too late, i what have allowed for that though as any good driver should. Terry K
  • Score: -5

7:41pm Fri 2 May 14

DCCCCCC says...

Gosh, don't people like having a go when it's not them? Not doubt those all having a go at this driver has never ever pulled out in front of anyone, never gone up the back of anyone, in fact you are all such brilliant faultless drivers. Wow, totally amazing.
Gosh, don't people like having a go when it's not them? Not doubt those all having a go at this driver has never ever pulled out in front of anyone, never gone up the back of anyone, in fact you are all such brilliant faultless drivers. Wow, totally amazing. DCCCCCC
  • Score: -1

7:43pm Fri 2 May 14

DCCCCCC says...

wexler53 wrote:
This driver is clearly at fault - furthermore, he accepts the blame. He agreed to the release of the video to show the rest of us, just how easy it is to make a mistake, or an error of judgement. This could happen to any of us.

This man has my respect for taking responsibility.

When I use the roads, I try to drive/cycle/walk with due diligence, and take responsibility for myself and my actions.

I know from experience that I see the cyclist in high viz much sooner than others, which is why I wear it myself when cycling.

Whilst it's not relevant in this case, after all, this person was right in front of him, I can't understand why cyclists in general have a problem with being responsible too?

Why such negative responses always? However you use them, be it as a pedestrian, bus passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or driver, there are risks attached.

Responsibility is not transferable, and if we all took more care of ourselves, along with showing each other respect, the roads would be safer for all of us.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]wexler53[/bold] wrote: This driver is clearly at fault - furthermore, he accepts the blame. He agreed to the release of the video to show the rest of us, just how easy it is to make a mistake, or an error of judgement. This could happen to any of us. This man has my respect for taking responsibility. When I use the roads, I try to drive/cycle/walk with due diligence, and take responsibility for myself and my actions. I know from experience that I see the cyclist in high viz much sooner than others, which is why I wear it myself when cycling. Whilst it's not relevant in this case, after all, this person was right in front of him, I can't understand why cyclists in general have a problem with being responsible too? Why such negative responses always? However you use them, be it as a pedestrian, bus passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or driver, there are risks attached. Responsibility is not transferable, and if we all took more care of ourselves, along with showing each other respect, the roads would be safer for all of us.[/p][/quote]Well said. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 0

7:51pm Fri 2 May 14

Roundbill says...

"This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy on shocking and disgusting content."
I think Sussex Police may have to review their campaign strategy.
"This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy on shocking and disgusting content." I think Sussex Police may have to review their campaign strategy. Roundbill
  • Score: 2

8:34pm Fri 2 May 14

Mr chock says...

welesmere wrote:
The girl was 'sat stationary in the middle of the road'. What on earth for? No hi-viz, no indication of any intention. She shares the blame, I'm afraid.
No i dont think the persons clothing on bike is to blame .. you see the video clip .. what do you want flashing lights on bike and a beep beep beep too ?
and "I have seen the video several times and still don't know how I failed to see the girl. She was sitting there for around 20 seconds. It is unbelievable.
it is unbelievable but actually if you had not had any knowledge of the video clip would you have felt any the wiser ..driving off with clearly not looking in the direction of the vehicle
NO HIGH VIS PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED THIS the driver just i think assumes the bike had moved on its actually odd why the bike is still motionless but they are not in the wrong afterall if the cyclist had been moving in then comments would have come in Ohh the bike was wobbling all over the road LOOLOL
[quote][p][bold]welesmere[/bold] wrote: The girl was 'sat stationary in the middle of the road'. What on earth for? No hi-viz, no indication of any intention. She shares the blame, I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]No i dont think the persons clothing on bike is to blame .. you see the video clip .. what do you want flashing lights on bike and a beep beep beep too ? and "I have seen the video several times and still don't know how I failed to see the girl. She was sitting there for around 20 seconds. It is unbelievable. it is unbelievable but actually if you had not had any knowledge of the video clip would you have felt any the wiser ..driving off with clearly not looking in the direction of the vehicle NO HIGH VIS PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED THIS the driver just i think assumes the bike had moved on its actually odd why the bike is still motionless but they are not in the wrong afterall if the cyclist had been moving in then comments would have come in Ohh the bike was wobbling all over the road LOOLOL Mr chock
  • Score: 6

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