The cyclist from Sheffield was left soaked after a passenger in a van threw a cup of hot chocolate at him, which he says nearly threw him to the curb
A furious cyclist has caught on camera the moment he was soaked after a van passenger threw cup of hot chocolate at him.
Simon Lowe, 61, was cycling along the A619 in the Peak District when he was splashed.
The cyclist had just successfully completed a 100km cycle when a McDonald’s hot chocolate was thrown at him.
Video footage shows the moment Simon was soaked by a passenger in a grey Transit, and brown liquid can be seen flying out of cup and hitting Simon.
Simon was left shocked and angry, and initially thought he had been hit with a bag of sand.
He decided to post a clip of the incident on YouTube last week after the driver was only given a fixed penalty notice.
In the footage from the incident on July 25, Simon from Sheffield shouts “f***king hell” after being soaked in hot chocolate.
Simon said: “I thought I was being hit by sand falling from a builder’s truck, such was the force on my back it could have knocked me easily into the kerb.
“Then, I realised I was soaked all over and my bike was covered in sticky chocolate and I saw the offender drop the McDonald’s cup into the road.
“The police were unable to find the driver (who was not the registered keeper, although they know his name).
“Odd thing, the law does not allow the keeper nor the driver to be charged with the assault carried out by the passenger but they can be charged on his behalf with the minor offence of his littering.
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“So, the keeper got a fixed penalty notice for littering. Hey-ho, a result of sorts and the driver’s down one van.”
After reaching out to the council, Simon was informed that the driver had been given a penalty.
Simon added: “It was malicious. It left me shocked, shaking and bewildered as to why anyone would do that to a cyclist simply minding his own business.
“I was cold too as my jersey and shorts were wet through. I still had to get home for another 40 minutes.”
The YouTube video received over 3,000 views, with fellow cyclists reacting with disbelief at the incident.
One user said: “Absolutely unbelievable lack of action. Are we to EXPECT and simply tolerate this kind of behaviour while cycling?”
David Doake said: “I had a cold drink hit me from an old car which I worried was something toxic, but was just water thank goodness. I need to use my camera.”
User ‘Urbane Cyclist’ added: “Over the years, in addition to being shouted at, I’ve had eggs and fruit thrown at me, been hit by an umbrella and spat at. Never had hot chocolate.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire Constabulary today (THU) said: “Officers were contacted by the cyclist to report that the passenger of a van had thrown a cup of cold hot chocolate over them on the A619 in Baslow.
“Video of the incident was provided, and officers contacted the registered keeper of the vehicle.
“However, this was not the driver of the van and, despite further enquiries, the driver of the van has not been able to be identified.
“As a result, the case has been filed, however, should further information be received by officers then this will be reviewed and further enquiries may be made.”
Simon expressed his frustration at the lack of action by the police.
He said: “Can you imagine if he had walked up to me in the high street, a complete stranger, and poured a hot chocolate over a 60-year-old just going about their business? I reckon the police would not have let it go.
“But, he got away with it. So what does he hit the next cyclist with, in revenge for having had the police enquiring after him?”