A driver in Toronto, Canada, has been charged with assault with a weapon following a road rage incident that ended with a female cyclist apparently being rammed and knocked off her bike. The offence carries a maximum penalty of ten years’ imprisonment.
The incident took place on Wednesday morning and began with a confrontation between the 35-year-old woman and the driver on Ossington Avenue, as they both sought to turn into Harbord Street, reports the Toronto Star.
A worker in an auto repair shop at that junction, Joey Porretta, told the newspaper that he heard a car horn sound and said that when he looked out, “I just saw legs and arms flying,” as the cyclist kicked out at the car.
The newspaper reports that the vehicle, a black Hyundai, had been behind the cyclist as they approached the junction but overtook her as they both executed their turns.
Having vented her anger, the cyclist rode off – but the driver, named by CBC News as 38-year-old Matthew Nettleton, reportedly went after her.
Police say that further along on Harbord Street, the motorist caught up with her, with the cyclist having to take to the sidewalk to try and avoid the car.
However, it struck her, knocking her off her bike and causing her to suffer minor injuries. The motorist drove off, but later turned himself in to police.
The Toronto incident came just two days after a similar incident in Edinburgh, Scotland. That same day, Monday, had also seen the death of a female cyclist in Toronto after she was dragged underneath a truck.
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.