Learn From My Mistake! The Shocking Moment Driver Hits Child On Bike

02/05/2014 13:25 | Updated 20 May 2015

A driver who knocked down a 12-year-old cyclist after pulling out of a junction without looking has pleaded with motorists to learn from his mistake.

Hugo Purchase, 42, supported the police's decision to release shocking CCTV footage which captured the moment he ploughed into the schoolgirl.

It shows his silver Suzuki hatchback pulling out of a side road before colliding with the girl in Chichester, West Sussex, as she waited to turn right.

The driver then pulls over to the pavement and rushes to assist the victim as she lay motionless in the middle of the A259.

Mr Purchase, a carer who was driving to work at the time of the incident, said: "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."

He admitted driving without due care and attention and was to pay £85, an £85 fine, and £20 into a fund for victims of crime.

He added: "I am no hooligan, and I admitted my guilt at court. I have since learned my lesson and changed the way I drive.

"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."

Sergeant Carl Knapp, from Sussex Police, said: "Fortunately in this case the cyclist escaped with bumps and bruises but it could have been a lot worse.

"Despite being just a few yards away, the car driver completely failed to look for the cyclist.

"It shows how dangerous any one of us can be if we fail to spot and take on board all of the other road users near us."

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