'Bloody cyclists': Twitter boast driver Emma Way found guilty

Woman who tweeted 'Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike' convicted on two charges

LAST UPDATED AT 13:47 ON Tue 19 Nov 2013

A FEMALE motorist who bragged on Twitter about knocking a cyclist off his bike has been found guilty on two charges relating to the incident.

Emma Way, a 22-year-old accountant from Norwich, "clipped" cyclist Toby Hockley (above) on a country lane in Norfolk in May. Afterwards, she tweeted: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way — he doesn't even pay road tax!" She added the hashtag 'bloodycyclists' to her message.

The tweet ignited a storm of protest among other users of the social media site, most of whom were highly critical of Way. It also alerted Norwich police to the incident. They sent Way a tweet suggesting she contact them about the incident, which was formally investigated by its officers.

Earlier today, Norwich magistrates convicted Way of failing to stop after an accident and failing to report it, which she denied. She was ordered to pay a £337 fine, £300 in costs and was given seven points on her licence.

Way told the court the tweet was made on the spur of the moment. "It was ridiculous and stupid and I apologise to all cyclists, she said. "It is the biggest regret of my life so far."

The court heard that Way lost her job as an accountant as a result of the tweet.

Hockley suffered bruises and minor damage to his bike in the incident which occured at Rockland All Saints on 19 May. He was taking part in the 100-mile Boudicca Sportive with his friend Jason [Jay] Sexton when he was "clipped" by Way's car.

Speaking a few days after the incident, the 29-year-old freelance chef told the BBC Way's car had veered onto his side of the road and he was struck by its wing mirror, sending him "flying" into a hedge.

"She hit me hard, really hard. I am lucky to be alive," he told the BBC.

Way told the court that she had looked in her rear-view mirror after her vechicle struck Hockley. "I did not think he was injured - if I did I would definitely have stopped," she said. · 

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"Road maintenance" LOL,we have the worst roads in Europe

That's what you've taken from that story? Good comment LES BARRIE!!

To me, this is another example that confirms I am doing the right thing by not having a Twitter account. I wasn't at the scene of the accident so I can't comment on who may have been in the right or the wrong. I do know that if this had happened 15-20 years ago, nothing would be being done about it, simply because Twitter didn't exist.

The cyclist may have been able to make a mental note of the number plate, but that would have been it. He probably wouldn't have had access to a pen and paper and certainly wouldn't have had a smart phone with a camera on it. The best he may have been able to do was remember the make and colour of the car. The girl driving the car may have told some friends and work colleagues over a coffee, but that's where things would have stopped.

Sadly, due to "advances" in Technology we are now seeing more and more trivia like this becoming "newsworthy". 15 to 20 years ago events like this were playing out up and down the country, day in, day out an people carried on regardless. Now the driver involved in this incident is being interviewed on breakfast television news and her employer and the police are involved. All because of Twitter. It's utterly ridiculous.

Obviously the driver doesn't escape blame completely. She's only 21 and as per today's youth culture, every single little brain f@rt that she has must be Tweeted for the world to see.

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