Pedestrian attacks driver in 'road-rage' row

Pedestrian attacks driver in 'road-rage' row

Pedestrian attacks driver in 'road-rage' row

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A MAN assaulted a van driver after a road-rage style argument in Southampton.

The 63-year-old victim was driving along Bitterne Road West when his Fiat Doblo van wing mirror appeared to clip a pedestrian.

The motorist stopped to check if the man attempting to cross the road near the railway bridge by Rampart Road was okay.

But the pedestrian - who appeared to be drunk - became aggressive and the motorist drove off.

But the man caught up with him at a junction, opening the door and causing his belongings to fall out.

The man punched the driver in the stomach and on the back of the head as the driver tried to retrieve his things.

His attacker is white, in his 30s, 5ft 10ins tall, of stocky build and has short mousy brown hair.

He wore a grey three-quarter-length coat over a light blue shirt and carried white shopping bags.

Anyone who witnessed the attack at 4.40pm on Friday, April 25, should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:54am Thu 8 May 14

Brite Spark says...

He should have run him over and reversed back over him 'orrible man!
He should have run him over and reversed back over him 'orrible man! Brite Spark
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Thu 8 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Maybe he came from the delicatessen shop on Bullar Rd, they give out plain white bags, check the CCTV.
Maybe he came from the delicatessen shop on Bullar Rd, they give out plain white bags, check the CCTV. bigfella777
  • Score: 2

3:48pm Thu 8 May 14

userds5050 says...

Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time. userds5050
  • Score: 4

4:12pm Thu 8 May 14

southamptonadi says...

userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to,

Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road?

The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb.

Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb?

I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to, Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road? The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb. Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb? I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off. southamptonadi
  • Score: 1

4:13pm Thu 8 May 14

Mary80 says...

userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
The guy was drunk you don't know that he didnt fall into the road and get hit
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]The guy was drunk you don't know that he didnt fall into the road and get hit Mary80
  • Score: -2

4:16pm Thu 8 May 14

S!monOn says...

userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
He was assaulted... why shouldn't he go to the Police?

And what makes you so sure he was dangerous driving? How do you know the pedestrian didn't blindly wander onto the road?

At least he had the good sense to stop and check to see if the pedestrian wasn't seriously injured.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]He was assaulted... why shouldn't he go to the Police? And what makes you so sure he was dangerous driving? How do you know the pedestrian didn't blindly wander onto the road? At least he had the good sense to stop and check to see if the pedestrian wasn't seriously injured. S!monOn
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Thu 8 May 14

Zexagon says...

S!monOn wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
He was assaulted... why shouldn't he go to the Police?

And what makes you so sure he was dangerous driving? How do you know the pedestrian didn't blindly wander onto the road?

At least he had the good sense to stop and check to see if the pedestrian wasn't seriously injured.
Spot on. Userds must've seen the incident happen as he's sure it was dangerous driving. Perhaps he could phone the police as a witness
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]He was assaulted... why shouldn't he go to the Police? And what makes you so sure he was dangerous driving? How do you know the pedestrian didn't blindly wander onto the road? At least he had the good sense to stop and check to see if the pedestrian wasn't seriously injured.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Userds must've seen the incident happen as he's sure it was dangerous driving. Perhaps he could phone the police as a witness Zexagon
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Thu 8 May 14

downfader says...

southamptonadi wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to,

Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road?

The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb.

Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb?

I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.
If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention.

Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone.

But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to, Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road? The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb. Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb? I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.[/p][/quote]If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention. Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone. But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked". downfader
  • Score: 4

5:02pm Thu 8 May 14

downfader says...

southamptonadi wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to,

Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road?

The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb.

Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb?

I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.
If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention.

Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone.

But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to, Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road? The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb. Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb? I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.[/p][/quote]If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention. Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone. But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked". downfader
  • Score: 3

8:15pm Thu 8 May 14

sass says...

downfader wrote:
southamptonadi wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to,

Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road?

The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb.

Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb?

I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.
If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention.

Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone.

But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".
I heard you the first time.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to, Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road? The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb. Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb? I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.[/p][/quote]If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention. Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone. But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".[/p][/quote]I heard you the first time. sass
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Thu 8 May 14

northamboyofold says...

This happened on April 25th, another story about a man getting assaulted as he opened his front door. why do theses stories, take so long to get reported in the Echo.??
This happened on April 25th, another story about a man getting assaulted as he opened his front door. why do theses stories, take so long to get reported in the Echo.?? northamboyofold
  • Score: -1

8:51pm Thu 8 May 14

forest hump says...

Why all the guesswork?
Why all the guesswork? forest hump
  • Score: 0

10:07pm Thu 8 May 14

downfader says...

sass wrote:
downfader wrote:
southamptonadi wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to,

Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road?

The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb.

Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb?

I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.
If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention.

Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone.

But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".
I heard you the first time.
Dont know what happened there..? The duplicate appears to have come sometime after I posted.... hope the Echo forum bug isnt back!!
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to, Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road? The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb. Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb? I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.[/p][/quote]If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention. Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone. But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".[/p][/quote]I heard you the first time.[/p][/quote]Dont know what happened there..? The duplicate appears to have come sometime after I posted.... hope the Echo forum bug isnt back!! downfader
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Thu 8 May 14

southamptonadi says...

downfader wrote:
southamptonadi wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.
That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to,

Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road?

The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb.

Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb?

I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.
If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention.

Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone.

But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".
You and I both know the driver in those situations would never be charged with those offences. Proving those offences would be quite difficult. And as for dangerous driving no court in the country would convict for that.

The pedestrian was silly, a Scottish bloke got £9k after being hit by a bus mirror.

Your right about rider-driver Sorry Mate I Didn't See You.

if the sun was in the van drivers eyes then he has not committed any offence even if the pedestrian had died, as many drivers get off killing cyclists that way
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Why do these idiots bother going to the police? He's lucky all he got was a slap. The police should charge him with dangerous driving and wasting police time.[/p][/quote]That's an interesting one, that I'm not sure I know the answer to, Is it though. If the pedestrian was on the road and he swerved to miss him, it's good driving, but if he was on the pavement and the mirror clipped him, what actual offence has he committed. Should you stand to close to the road? The Highway Code suggests you stop just before the kerb. Is it a thin lane there where you have to drive close to the kerb? I'm not surprised he got aggressive though. But you can't go around attacking people. But was he being aggressive or was he being defensive after being hit by a van and didn't like the driver driving off.[/p][/quote]If he's rounded the bend and the guy is already there (how many times have we all had to step in the road to get around a pavement parker!) then technically it falls under careless driving or without due care and attention. Same if the mirror clips the pedestrian whilst he's on the pavement. The pavement along there is narrow, get a buggie and lady come towards you and you will be close to the kerbstone. But yes, nobody should have been punched. Oddly if this had been a story about a rider-driver incident the usual peeps would be on here denouncing the rider and suggesting the driver had been "provoked".[/p][/quote]You and I both know the driver in those situations would never be charged with those offences. Proving those offences would be quite difficult. And as for dangerous driving no court in the country would convict for that. The pedestrian was silly, a Scottish bloke got £9k after being hit by a bus mirror. Your right about rider-driver Sorry Mate I Didn't See You. if the sun was in the van drivers eyes then he has not committed any offence even if the pedestrian had died, as many drivers get off killing cyclists that way southamptonadi
  • Score: 1

4:51pm Fri 9 May 14

From the sidelines says...

I suspect that we're not hearing the full story here.
I suspect that we're not hearing the full story here. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

10:47am Wed 14 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

Lock your doors. Easy.
Lock your doors. Easy. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

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