Who’s the master of disguise? Sherlock Holmes? No! It’s you! (Provided you’re not in a car.)
Some examples of disguise
Alison Bowen said she thought the cyclist she drove into was a badger. She pleaded guilty.
Bethany Ward said she thought the pedestrian she drove into was a deer. She pleaded guilty.
The following points are notable: The drivers who failed to stop (and, in one case, who was as pissed as a fart) pleaded guilty; those who stopped all stood trial and were all cleared.
A word of advice
So here’s some advice: If you drive into—or indeed over—someone, stop the vehicle and, when the police arrive, claim you thought they were a piece of street furniture or an animal. As long as you’re sober and you stop, you’re probably in the clear.
That’s my top tip this week for drivers who can’t be arsed to look at things in the road ahead of them.
Some additional ideas for you, which have arisen since this post was originally written.
Michael Rollason said he thought the cyclist he hit was a wheelie bin. He failed to stop and was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
Damian Niepieklo said he thought the cyclist he hit was a branch. He failed to stop and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
Amir Hussain said he thought the cyclist he hit was a deer. He failed to stop and was cleared of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.
James Prile thought the cyclist he hit was a kebab box. He failed to stop and pleaded guilty to careless driving.
Abdelyekini Olafusi thought the cyclist he hit was a speed bump. He stopped and pleaded guilty to careless driving.