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Incident took place yesterday evening close to entrance to Richmond Park

A driver in Kingston-upon-Thames is said to have aimed their car at a cyclist in a road rage incident yesterday but missed the intended target and instead crashed into a hair salon, causing extensive damage to the front of the building.

The incident took place yesterday evening at around 6pm on Park Road, around 50 metres from the entrance to Richmond Park. Local resident and road.cc site user Stuart Forrest said that word soon spread around, and he went to look at the aftermath an hour or so after it happened.

He also spoke to an eyewitness, and said: “I'm told that the cyclist and the driver had had an altercation (over what I don't know) and that the cyclist had tried to kick the car.

“The woman's response was completely out of proportion though because she apparently tried to drive at the bike.

“The car went out of control and appears to have completely destroyed the front of a hair salon (not a house as I'd originally said) just after it closed, before bouncing off a van and another car. The car in question is a white Audi Q7, which is local – I've seen it around, it's quite a distinctive car.

He said that there was “no sign of the rider or driver, but plenty of police and two fire engines in attendance.”

He added: “If it's true, I hope they throw an attempted murder charge at the driver. Whatever provocation there was, this was an entirely out of proportion response and she was extremely lucky that nobody was killed.”

Stuart also tweeted pictures of the scene, which show the front of the salon propped up to prevent the building from collapsing.

Another person who lives locally, Andrea Craig, also tweeted pictures of the aftermath, one of which show the cyclist’s mangled mountain bike.

In a statement emailed to road.cc, the Metropolitan Police said:

Police were called at around 18:00hrs on Saturday, 7 June, to a collision between a car and a cyclist in Park Road, Kingston-upon-Thames.

The car was subsequently in collision with a hairdresser's shop.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene. The male cyclist was taken to hospital with a small cut to his arm. He was discharged that evening.

The driver of the car, a 30-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of attempted GBH. She was taken to a south-west London police station and bailed to return on a date in September.

At this early stage, officers believe there had been a heated argument between the cyclist and the driver while both were stationary. During the course of the dispute, the cyclist kicked the car, an Audi Q7. The woman drove the car away and was in collision with the cyclist and then the shop.

Officers from Kingston CID are investigating. Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 020 8721 5880.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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russyparkin [570 posts] 1 year ago
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oh can i start the bets!!

£30 fine

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Argos74 [373 posts] 1 year ago
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This will not turn out well.

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cidermart [486 posts] 1 year ago
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Attempted GBH? Reduced to wafting a tickle stick no doubt by the CPS  3

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dodgy [170 posts] 1 year ago
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Audi Q7. Should have no place on British roads.

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Username [148 posts] 1 year ago
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Those #bloodybuildings always appearing out of nowhere.

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Sara_H [57 posts] 1 year ago
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If she missed the cyclist how come the bikes so mangled?

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Sara_H [57 posts] 1 year ago
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Was the salon wearing a helmet?

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gazza_d [452 posts] 1 year ago
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Driver should go down for attempted murder and nothing less.

If it happens though I will eat an inner tube.

Few points and a fine smaller than the cost of filling that monstrosity with fuel is what I reckon though.

Crush the fecking car as well

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jmaccelari [237 posts] 1 year ago
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Oooh. I dunno. I thought the going rate for deliberately driving over a cyclist was £625?

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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Sara_H wrote:

Was the salon wearing a helmet?

Don't you mean hi-viz?
Clear contributory negligence by the hair salon  14

But I think the motorist will get a very severe penalty (by UK justice standards)for trying to kill someone here.....
I recon they will have to agree to restorative justice; say sorry and pay for a new bike?
The cyclist will get 'done' for criminal damage and incitement to commit murder (of himself).....

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stinga [11 posts] 1 year ago
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Are you sure she just wasn't trying to park?

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proliteguy [11 posts] 1 year ago
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If I attack some one with a gun I would be in deep shit, but using a car in UK seems OK. What a F****** up country.  102

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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stinga wrote:

Are you sure she just wasn't trying to park?

Maybe he/she thought it was a 'drive through' hair salon?

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kie7077 [836 posts] 1 year ago
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So, 1st offence, no sentence or suspended sentence. A fine set at < 2% of what her car cost. 2 year driving ban. Insurance pays for damage(?).

Review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences happening.

So, was it a man or a woman driving, trying to pervert the course of justice? courts take THAT seriously.

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Cantab [84 posts] 1 year ago
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jmaccelari wrote:

Oooh. I dunno. I thought the going rate for deliberately driving over a cyclist was £625?

Nope, she qualifies for the "not deliberately driving off" discount, so it's a bargain £125 (and three stamps on your motoring loyalty card (collect 12 for a free trip to meet a magistrate for a mild telling off but no further penalty)) for this level of offence.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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Shame she didn't die

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dreamlx10 [144 posts] 1 year ago
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gazza_d wrote:

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If it happens though I will eat an inner tube.

Latex or Butyl ?

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Northernbike [229 posts] 1 year ago
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4x4 drivers are often terribly mocked for never going off road in their 'off road' vehicles so maybe this audi driver went off the road to prove a point to all those cruel folks who say you don't need an offroader if you're not involved in farming or invading third world countries with less developed highway infrastructure than Kingston upon Thames

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chokofingrz [404 posts] 1 year ago
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Driver deserves a perm. ban and some time in jail to mullet over.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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chokofingrz wrote:

Driver deserves a perm. ban and some time in jail to mullet over.

That is fringe ing on the ridiculous; they may get a light trim of their sentence for good behaviour.
A close shave for the cyclist here.... definitely a bit hairy

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levermonkey [646 posts] 1 year ago
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Aah! The warm glow of instant karma.  16

However, like Sara H I am wondering about the cycle that can be seen in shot. Any chance of a bit of clarification?

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pakennedy [127 posts] 1 year ago
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Someone could have dyed.

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pakennedy [127 posts] 1 year ago
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Looks like the bike got clipped. It certainly put a crimp in someone's day

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McDuff73 [78 posts] 1 year ago
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Was the building wearing a helmet? did it have lights on or high viz? if not its the buildings fault not the drivers......

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steven miles [24 posts] 1 year ago
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the cyclist must have been really scared. the q7 seven is really big. it is like a van but wider.
they are very imposing at speed.

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cyclingDMlondon [481 posts] 1 year ago
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proliteguy wrote:

If I attack some one with a gun I would be in deep shit, but using a car in UK seems OK. What a F****** up country.  102

Yes, but 'everyone drives', and so 'everyone' gets virtual impunity when they kill, injure or threaten a member of one of the 'outgroups'.

*wavy lines on screen*
*sepia tint to events*

MAGISTRATE: .. and since the accused is a mother of two young children and the primary caregiver, I impose a fine of £60 and twenty-five hours community service...

CYCLIST: Sir, I implore you. Please impose a custodial! Send this to the Crown Court for sentencing, I beg you! You are placing the accused's life in danger!

MAGISTRATE: I have nothing more to say.

*fast forward a week*

NEWSCASTER: the body of a 22-year-old woman has reportedly been found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck. In unconfirmed reports, the victim is alleged to have aimed her car at a cylist in a much-publicized incident last week...

*fast forward a year*
*scene: Crown Court*

JUDGE: .. and taking the law into one's own hands cannot be tolerated. I thus have no hesitation in sentencing the defendant to life impriso-

*gunshots are heard outside the court*
*four men armed with assault rifles enter the courtroom. One of the police officers is foolish enough to make a move towards them, and is shot. He drops like a stone*

JUDGE: What is the meaning of t-

ARMED MAN: You were warned.

JUDGE: I .. warned of what??

ARMED MAN: either you enforce the law, or we do it for you. You were warned.

*men usher defendant outside*

*fast forward four days*

*the scene is 10 Downing Street. Gunfire can be heard, and the occasional explosion. A large Daimler is sitting in front of the famous door, and, surrounded by four soldiers with their faces covered, David Cameron is rushed out and towards the car. His face is sheet white with terror, and he is licking his lips as he glances nervously around him. He is bundled into the car, and with a squeal of tyres and accompanied by four other black SUVs, the motorcade sweeps out of Downing Street and heads towards Bedfordshire, RAF Henlow....*

*fast forward two days*
*CNN news broadcast*

NEWSCASTER: ... the Prime Minister David Cameron is currently at an undisclosed location and under heavy guard, as those responsible for the coup, are promising elections within twelve months...

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seven [142 posts] 1 year ago
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Audi Q7. Never before in the history of mankind has there been a vehicle more attractive to self-regarding, arrogant twats.

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Argos74 [373 posts] 1 year ago
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seven wrote:

Audi Q7. Never before in the history of mankind has there been a vehicle more attractive to falling pianos.

Fixed.

Seriously, it's science. Drop a grand piano out of a plane at 30,000 feet, it will hit an Audi Q7 no matter what, even it has to catch a thermal to the nearest motorway. Got source around somewhere...

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cheers_drive [5 posts] 1 year ago
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Guns are illegal so a better analogy for cases like this would be a hammer or some other every day object that can kill if used as a weapon.

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argotittilius [23 posts] 1 year ago
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Girlfriend's dad drives a Q7.
Suffice to say our views on cycling differ somewhat. Definitely not a stereotype or anything in there...  24

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