Emma Way, 22, of Norfolk has been found guilty on two charges after hitting a cyclist in May and subsequently posting a message on her Twitter account relating to the incident.
“Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way – he doesn’t even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists” Way said on social media website Twitter shortly after knocking cyclist Toby Hockley off his bike whilst he was taking part in the Boudicca sportive.
Norwich magistrates found Way guilty of failing to report an accident and failing to stop after an accident, but cleared her of the charge of driving without due care and attention. Way pleaded not guilty to all three of the charges levelled at her.
Way received fines totalling £667 and seven points on her driving licence.
“The tweet was spur of the moment. It was ridiculous and stupid and I apologise to all cyclists,” Way said after the conviction, according to BBC Norfolk. “It is the biggest regret of my life so far.”
According to national cyclists’ charity CTC, the maximum she could have received for her convictions is six months in prison, a discretionary driving ban, £5,000 fine and 10 penalty points. “She clearly got off very lightly indeed,” the organisation commented.