Guilty verdicts for 'cycle tweet' motorist

A motorist who tweeted about an alleged accident involving a cyclist has been found not guilty of driving without due care and attention but guilty of failing to stop after the accident and failing to report the accident.

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'Tweet' motorist in court over cycle accident

The trial of a trainee accountant accused of colliding with a cyclist and then tweeting about it has started at Norwich Magistrates' Court.

22-year-old Emma Way from Watton in Norfolk, denies three charges of careless driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

The alleged incident took place on May 19th and involved chef Toby Hockley who was taking part in a cycling event. It's claimed he was struck by Miss Way, who then drove off. He suffered bruising and minor damage to his bike.

Miss Way has since lost her job.

Mr Hockey told the court he's an experienced cyclist, doing about 4500 miles a year.

He said he was coming round a bend behind a friend when a car coming the other way ended up on his side of the road and knocked him into the hedge.

Cross examined by Miss Way's solicitor, he admitted that quotes attributed to him in national newspapers claiming 'the car came tearing round the bend and knocked him off his bike' were wrong. Today he said he was not knocked off his bike, just into the hedge on his bike.

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