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Knocked off bike by car after words at roadside

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 03, 2012

Swansea Crown Court
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A WOMAN motorist who knocked a cyclist off his bike in a case of road rage in Pontlliw has been found guilty of dangerous driving.

Victoria Elizabeth Williams said after the incident that she had merely been trying to scare the cyclist.

Williams, 26, of Brynamman Road, Lower Brynamman, pleaded not guilty when the case against her began on Wednesday at Swansea Crown Court.

The prosecution case, said barrister Christopher James, was that Williams had used her car as a weapon.

It was driving that fell "far below the standard expected of a reasonable, careful and competent driver".

Williams was unanimously found guilty by a jury.

Her bail was renewed when sentencing was adjourned for the preparation of a background report.

Giving evidence, complainant Gary Marshall told the court that on August 15, 2010, he and his wife Debbie went out for a ride on their bikes.

They were cycling on the A48 Swansea Road through Pontlliw when a Volvo 440 passed them, driven by Williams and containing her husband and children as passengers.

A plastic bottle was thrown from the Volvo, striking Mr Marshall on the arm.

Mr Marshall gesticulated and swore, demanding: "What are you playing at?"

Williams's husband then got out of the vehicle and there was a stand-off between the two men in which words were exchanged.

"I wanted to know why he had thrown a bottle at me," said Mr Marshall.

Mr Marshall said he decided to carry on with his journey after Debbie Marshall told him: "He's not worth it."

As he passed the Volvo, Mr Marshall remarked to Williams in the driver's seat: "You're as bad as he is."

When he was 20ft in front of the Volvo, he heard the car driving towards him and he stopped and turned round to see what was happening.

His bike was then struck by the car and he was knocked off it.

"Before I knew it, half of my body, up to my waist, was underneath the car," said Mr Marshall.

"I was in a state of complete and utter shock and disbelief."

The court heard that Mr Marshall suffered injuries to his knees, side and arm in the incident and his bike was a complete write-off.

Interviewed after her arrest, the court heard Williams claimed her purpose had been to scare Mr Marshall, not to hit him.

She claimed he had sworn in front of her children, who were in the back of the car.

She denied her driving had been dangerous but conceded it had been careless.

Giving evidence, Williams claimed that when Mr Marshall braked she was too close to stop. The collision had been unintentional, she said, and she had not used her car as a weapon.

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  • chwareteg1  |  March 04 2012, 9:01PM

    This idiot claimed, " He had sworn in front of her children", so she then decided to set an example of good behaviour to them (her Children) by trying to knock him over! Well good parenting or what, the amazing thing is she actually thought that was some form of defence. Take the car keys off her and throw them away, even for her children's sake.

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  • siarad2  |  March 04 2012, 3:46PM

    Towny_McFoxy Not exactly the Road Fund wasn't wound up until the 1950's, Churchill just formally broke, the already shattered, link between the fund & usage for roads. i can nit pick too

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  • Towny_McFoxy  |  March 04 2012, 1:46PM

    by chelsea1955 Saturday, March 3 2012, 10:18AM "THESE BOYS IN LYCRA THINK THEY OWN THE ROAD… *snip* ...IF THIS CYCLIST IS NOT A LYCRA BOY THE DRIVER NEEDS LOCKING UP" So if the cyclist had been wearing lycra you think it would have been perfectly acceptable to use a Volvo as weapon and try to kill him?

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  • Towny_McFoxy  |  March 04 2012, 12:38PM

    by Jinka Sunday, March 04 2012, 12:20PM "I DON'T AGREE WITH ANYONE USING A CAR AS A WEAPON BUT HAVE YOU ALL THOUGHT THAT THE CYCLIST MAY HAVE A BIG PART TO PLAY IN THIS TO JUST FOR COMPO AS THIS COUNTRY IS IN A RIGHT MESS AND ANYONE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY AND THE CYCLIST THOUGHT THIS IS MY CHANCE FOR A BIT OF COMPO LIKE I SAID CYCLIST SHOULD PAY ROAD TAX AND INSURANCE AND THE BIKE SHOULD BE TESTED TO ROAD SAFETY LIKE M.O.T." I see, so you think this man deliberately threw himself under a Volvo up to his waist? Yet the jury found a UNANIMOUS GUILTY VERDICT against this lunatic woman. Also, read my previous post, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS 'ROAD TAX'.

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  • dick_e  |  March 04 2012, 12:34PM

    @Jinka: "BUT HAVE YOU ALL THOUGHT THAT THE CYCLIST MAY HAVE A BIG PART TO PLAY IN THIS ....." Not really.The passengers threw something out of the car which hit the cyclist, causing him to swear at the occupants.(an understandable reaction) The driver of the car then deliberately knocked him off. Its lucky the driver wasn't charged with attempted murder ""If my person ever gets hit again like it did i will claim off the next cyclist." yes, if that cyclist is on the pavement then maybe you should. And the best of luck to you if that cyclist is a young child

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  • Jinka  |  March 04 2012, 12:25PM

    If my person ever gets hit again like it did i will claim off the next cyclist.

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  • Towny_McFoxy  |  March 04 2012, 12:14PM

    by JinkaSunday, March 04 2012, 12:02PM "I THINK THEY SHOULD PUT TAX AND INSURANCE ON PUSH BIKES MAKE IT LAW THEY RIDE THE ROADS SO THEY SHOULD PAY TO USE IT LIKE CARS DO" Unless the road in question is a toll road, like the M6 or the Severn Bridge, then NO-ONE in the UK 'pays to use the roads'. There is no such thing as 'road tax', it was abolished in 1937 by Winston Churchill. That disc in our windscreens is VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY, in other words CAR TAX. It is a tax on engine size and vehicle emissions, and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with an 'right to be on the road'. Add to that that zero emission electric and ultra-low emission vehicles pay ZERO V.E.D, and that bicycles are zero emission vehicles, even if such a disc was introduced it would be FREE. So the cost of producing, administering, and policing those 6 million or so bicycle tax discs would have to be added to the cost of VED for other vehicles. Also, at what age would you start to 'tax and insure' bicycles? The toddler on their pushalong? The eight-year old on their BMX? The twelve-year old on their mountain bike? Plus most cyclists ARE insured, either through the CTC, or through household or life insurance, or through their car insurance policies*, or even ALL THREE, which is more insurance than most drivers have. Over 85% of cyclists are also drivers.

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  • dick_e  |  March 04 2012, 9:41AM

    @flim_jim: "so if a cycelist hits my car when im stoped in traffic by the sounds of it you class that as my fauilt because im in a car and who will fit the bill for the dammage caused to my car" If traffic is stopped then a cyclist isn't going to be moving fast either so a cracked bumper is the most damage your car is likely to have. (and the cyclist is also going to suffer damage to his bike as well -not a good result!) I don't say its your fault if a cyclist hits you. However, if a cyclist is hit by a vehicle -for whatever reason, the law and insurance companies almost always come down on the side of the driver . Drivers MUST be aware of other road users and act accordingly. They can always accelerate out of trouble, a cyclist cannot

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  • Towny_McFoxy  |  March 04 2012, 8:04AM

    by flim_jimSaturday, March 03 2012, 11:52PM "a funny thing mate some idiot on a push bike can cut up any one. Yes they are more vulnerable than someone in a car but that dose not give them the right to do half the things they do. so if a cycelist hits my car when im stoped in traffic by the sounds of it you class that as my fauilt because im in a car and who will fit the bill for the dammage caused to my car me in your eyes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!" And you think that the occasional bad cyclist justifies trying to murder cyclists by driving a couple of tons or more of metal at them? It is this prevailing attitude among motorists that it's ok to attack cyclists using motor vehicles as weapons that is leading to people being killed on the roads. That person could be your son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, or father. Think about that next time you think it'll be 'funny' to try and run down a cyclist. Here's an example where the attempted murderer got just 17 months jail time. It should have been 17 years, but sadly in the UK - at the moment, things ARE changing - if you use a motor vehicle as the weapon in a murder you will get away with a slap on the wrist. http://tinyurl.com/6mbbml5

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  • flim_jim  |  March 03 2012, 11:52PM

    a funny thing mate some idiot on a push bike can cut up any one. Yes they are more vulnerable than someone in a car but that dose not give them the right to do half the things they do. so if a cycelist hits my car when im stoped in traffic by the sounds of it you class that as my fauilt because im in a car and who will fit the bill for the dammage caused to my car me in your eyes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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