A Brisbane cyclist has released footage of himself being hit by a car in an effort to demonstrate Queensland Police fabricated his accident statement.
The footage is the basis of a social media campaign Craig Cowled is running to highlight road safety and point to the injustices allegedly perpetrated by police in his particular case, the Brisbane Times reports.
Mr Cowled, 38, said he was approaching a set of lights when "a white car came up very close to me and I had a little bit of a fright at that – it unnerved me a little".
"It came as a real surprise to me when this car moved into my field of vision and suddenly I was hit and the bike went out from under me and I slammed down onto the road," he said.
Passers-by then created a safe space around him and waited for an ambulance to arrive.
"My hip felt very wrong, but I later discovered I had a compound fracture,” Mr Cowled said.
Staff at Royal Brisbane Hospital then inserted a titanium rod to reattach his leg to his hip.
On his release from hospital almost a week later, Mr Cowled contacted police to both give a statement and show them his video footage.
But police said the matter was finalised and he even claims they wrote his inaccurate statement in first-person.
The driver of the white four-wheel-drive that struck him was fined one demerit point for "following too closely". He has detailed the case in a letter to the Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, and an investigation is pending.
Mr Cowley is also pleading with motorists to be safe on roads.
"I have three young children that I want to get home to every day," Mr Cowled said.
Source: Brisbane Times
Author: Matt Khoury, Approving editor: Jack Hawke.