A woman from Norfolk who boasted in a tweet about knocking a cyclist off his bike, has been ordered to pay more than £650 in fines and costs. 22-year-old trainee accountant Emma Way from Watton drew attention to the incident on her Twitter account.
Today magistrates in Norwich found her guilty of failing to stop after an accident and failing to report it, but was cleared of driving without due care and attention.
Cyclist Toby Hockley claims her Ford Ka was on his side of the road when it struck him, causing him bruising to his leg and damage to his bike. She insists he was on her side of the road and after the collision, she checked in her mirror that he was ok and drove off because it was a dangerous bend.
In evidence, Emma Way said she knew the stretch of the road in Rockland All Saints well and claimed it was the cyclist who was on her side of the road.
After striking him, she saw in her mirror that he was ok and drove on. She estimated her speed to be 15 to 20 miles per hour.
Asked by her solicitor on a scale of one to 10 about how stupid it was to tweet about the incident, she said 11.
She admitted it was the biggest regret of her life.
Miss Way has since lost her job.