If this Warne fellow has half a brain, or a lawyer with half a brain, he'll pay up and be done with it.
Couldn't he be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, if his car actually hit the cyclist?
I sent this article to several higher-ups at my school today (with a google translation)--they like to say how they serve a good ¥100 breakfast to get students up, awake, and to school on the early side.
I suggested they open the gym and pool mornings from 7 to 9, and that they should especially encourage the heavier and smoking faculty to go. (far more efficient faculty development than sitting thru a guest lecture or reading another email about it!!)