Police are investigating the tweet sent by Rayhan Qadar, which stated: “Think I just hit a cyclist. But Im late for work so had to drive off lol.”
Twitter users were outraged by Qadar’s indifference towards the cyclist’s safety, and he received a multitude of backlash on the social media website.
Qadar, who was employed at financial firm Hargreaves Lansdown, was sacked – despite claiming that the tweet was a bad joke and apologising.
A spokesman for the firm, based in Bristol, UK, said that the company “finds these online comments totally unacceptable.”
“One of our employees has failed to conduct themselves to the standards we expect of our staff,” he said. “Upon becoming aware of this issue, we have terminated this person's employment with immediate effect.”
Qadar’s twitter account had 1306 followers at the time of the tweet being sent, and the “joke” was retweeted 152 times.
Among the online responses was a message from Greater Manchester Police.
“If you hit a cyclist, you are obliged to stop,” it read. The message suggested that Qadar call the emergency services, warning him that the tweet would be forwarded to the relevant jurisdiction.
A tweet sent by a British stockbroker that bragged about hitting a cyclist with his car has landed him in hot water and led to him being sacked.