According to an article published by the Daily Mail on the 19th of November 2013, a young woman knocked down a cyclist in May 2013 and then went on to brag about it on Twitter.
Apparently, 22-year-old Emma Way was navigating the bend of a narrow Norfolk country lane when she narrowly missed one cyclist and then collided with another, Toby Hockley, 29. Hockley was only two miles from finishing a 100-mile cycle ride at the time of this road traffic accident. Having been knocked into a road-side hedge after being hit on the arm and leg by Way’s vehicle, Hockley fortunately only suffered some bruising. There was also some minor damage to the bike. Believing Hockley was not injured after briefly checking in her mirror, Way did not stop or report her motoring accident, but went home to post her tweet.
Ending in ‘#bloodycyclists’, her tweet, which stated that she ‘definitely knocked off a cyclist earlier’ and that she ‘had right of way and he didn’t have to pay road tax’, went viral as furious cyclists across the country retweeted it in disgust. Some Twitter users decided to report this cycling accident to the police, while others complained to Way’s employer.
The complaints to her employer cost Way her job, and following an investigation by the police, she was taken to Norwich Magistrates Court. After initially trying to blame Hockley for the incident, she was found guilty of not stopping after a vehicle collision, as well as failing to report a road accident. Lucky to be cleared of careless driving, she ended up with seven penalty points on her driving licence and a £337 fine. She was also ordered to pay £300 costs.
Sadly, Way’s response to these events was restricted to calling her tweet ‘her life’s biggest regret’ and cancelling her Twitter account. While she apparently apologised to cyclists for her tweet, the article does not imply at any point that she felt any remorse concerning the accidental injuries Hockley suffered.
Hockley’s right to compensation
Whether Hockley claimed for personal injury compensation is not mentioned, although he would undoubtedly be entitled to claim, as his cycling injuries were caused by Way. If you have suffered a cycling injury during the past three years, call Accident Advice Helpline to learn if you, too, are entitled to claim for compensation.