Twit and run girl EmmaWay 20 breaks her silence to say sorry (sort of)

"It was a spur of the moment thing and I'm sorry. I didn't realise it would ever escalate to this"

by Tony Farrelly   May 22, 2013  

Emma Way tweet

Emma Way, the 21 year old accountancy trainee who achieved instant notoriety after tweeting on Sunday about her collision with #bloodycyclist Toby Hockley has broken her silence to say sorry - although without wishing to be churlish it isn't clear from the interview clip whether Ms Way is sorry for hitting Toby Hockley, the Tweet, or the situation she now finds herself in, or indeed all of the above.

In an exclusive interview with ITV Anglia News Ms Way said she had never realised her tweet would attract so much attention or cause such an enormous row. "It was a spur of the moment thing and I'm sorry. I didn't realise it would ever escalate to this."

She went on to explain she hadn't stopped because she didn't think had come off his bike or been hurt… which would seem to be somewhat at odds with what she said in her Tweet: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier - I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax! #bloodycyclist"

Way was in collision with Toby Hockley on a quiet country road on Sunday afternoon, the cyclist who was taking part in the Boudicca Ride Sportive along with other members of his cycling club told us he was thrown up on to the bonnet of her car hitting the windscreen, when she came around a corner at speed, he then bounced off and in to a hedge before regaining control of his bike. Remarkably Toby only sustained cuts and bruises. Possibly even more remarkably the only thing he wanted from Ms Way was an apology. Which he now has - of sorts.

Although Ms Way has been interviewed by Norfolk Police about the incident there has been no indication as yet what, if any further action they will take. However, a good indicator of where things may go next is that it is the issue of her leaving the scene that is the one Ms Way addresses in her interview - while the exact details of the collision may well be quite hard to determine to a level necessary to press charges - that she left the scene is an unassailable fact and one that is likely to have legal consequences. Indeed it has been suggested that the reason Ms Way's "sorry" is so non-specific is that she has been advised not to admit any fault or liability prior to any decision to charge her with an offence.

The immediate consequence for Ms Way is that her employers, an accountancy firm, have suspended her and her job, and career, now hang in the balance. She meanwhile has had a crash course (sorry) in the power of social media - one the comments in her interview demonstrate may not have entirely sunk in, "it's gone national" she repeats bewilderedly as the interview draws to a close. No Emma, it's much bigger than that: the tweet and its aftermath have now featured in newspapers and websites on every continent.

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Indeed the eye at the camera at the end says it all you can see the cogs whirring ‘Can I go now I have to go and drive my car like a complete twat and rundown every #bloodypeasant in my way’.

I’m sure there is a joke in there somewhere about accountants and six fingered Norfolkians Thinking Wink

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posted by cidermart [446 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 11:18

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"I didn't even feel him touch my car, apart from when his handle bar donked the wing mirror". That is admission that there was a collision, and then she left the scene.
She then goes on to say if "If I knew he was hurt i wouldn't have driven off" - Why didn't she stop and check then? She knew she hit him and then tweeted about it.
The fact that she only apologised about the tweet and the interviewer did a poor attempt to her to say something about the victim shows contempt and arrogance all too common these days.

posted by Depth Charge [17 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 11:57

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I'm not sure she deserves to lose her job - but this depends on what she understands and has learned from her experience.

She's a trainee accountant so any conviction means she'll struggle to qualify. Additionally, a lot of contracts now have clauses about bringing disrepute to the company so she is likely to fall afoul of that. If the firm of accountants wants to put an image of being upstanding and law abiding forward, having a trainee who crashes into people, tweets because she finds it funny and then tells lies and is disingenuous about it is hardly helping.

Unfortunately for her there are consequences to actions. She's got to live with hers.

posted by atlaz [148 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 12:44

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I've just watched the interview footage. Why did she bother? She is clearly more concerned about the personal impact of her behavior than anything else. The apology was just vacuous. Liar And the 'I'm a cyclist too..' comment? Rolling Eyes

However what I'm more interested in is what happens with the Police and CPS. This is going to be a very public test of the legal system with respect to the sort of road traffic incident involving a cyclist they can normally brush under the carpet quite easily. Thinking

No doubt road.cc will be following this closely.

posted by cookdn [12 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 12:48

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'kin hell.
what a stupid, stupid girl.

Toby Hockley needs to press charges to make an example of her. Its been so publicised, if nothing happens it'll make it even easier for car-drivers to run over cyclists with no fear of the law.

As for the "I'm a cyclist myself" comment. No you aren't, not saying things like "#bloodycyclists"
What you mean is "I know how to ride a bike". There's an enormous difference.

posted by ir_bandito [58 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 12:57

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Personally, I have not one shred of sympathy of any sort for this idiot child - only her parents.

My dearest wish is that the punishment will be severe enough to fit the crime and the outrage it has caused ... but of course we all know it won't be.

For us, as cyclists ... when does it ... ever?

10 years - not even life - for murdering two happy tandem riders...

£85 and 200 hours for killing a bike mechanic ...

How much more has to be posted before the law makers sit up and listen?????

posted by comm88 [67 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 14:02

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Blimey, the way some of you lot go on on here you'd think you had never been young yourselves.

Yes, she is far from convincing or eloquent in her apology, and of course her solicitor (if he's worth daddy's money) will have advised her not to admit to anything. But come on, she's a young girl who made a mistake and I can only imagine the levels of abuse she is being subjected to if these comments are anything to go by.

Websites like road.cc are right to highlight this case on behalf of the battle to ensure our roads are safer for cyclists. And yes, she should be charged with her motoring offences; Hopefully she will serve as an example to other young drivers.

But please, cast your mind back to when you were 21 - did you never say/do anything stupid? I know I did so thank god Twitter & vicious internet forums weren't so prevalent back then.

Lay off the vitriol, eh?

posted by newtonk [19 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 15:17

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Yesterday someone was jailed for 10 years for the same hit & run action. Sadly two cyclists died in that case, this could have so easily ended the same way.

It is telling that she is more upset about her stupidity in tweeting about her actions (and the effect it has had), rather than for the actions themselves.

posted by caaad10 [91 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 15:40

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comm88 wrote:
Geezus!!! What a COMPLETE and UTTER ARSE this kid is.

1. She should be sacked from her job - no question about it.

2. She should lose her licence for at least year. Let's she how she manages without her car to do her leg work. Public transport is costly, often inconvenient and not always a pleasant experience. And, yes, you will meet commuter cyclists on the trains!

3. Maybe she'll have to get a bike (or get on her bike- she "says" she has one) to get around - then she'll see what cyclists have to put up with???

And this imbecile is training for a "responsible career"???

What a laff! What a joke!

I despair ... for the 000s who are just like her.

Words fail me, as they have for everyone who has heard about this, or commented on it.

How can anyone hurt another human being, ignore the fact, drive off without shouldering any responsibility - and then BRAG so brazenly about it?????

How and where do you begin to punish such nastiness?

And this thing is still going to be allowed to drive on the roads and be in charge of at least one ton of killing machine.

Where and how do people learn to think like this? What the hell is happening to our country that it produces morons such as this - an horrible baggage with neither a brain nor a basic shred of decency????


+ - I totally and utterly agree! Well said!

posted by Karbon Kev [652 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 16:02

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newtonk wrote:
Blimey, the way some of you lot go on on here you'd think you had never been young yourselves.

..snip..

But please, cast your mind back to when you were 21 - did you never say/do anything stupid? I know I did so thank god Twitter & vicious internet forums weren't so prevalent back then.

Lay off the vitriol, eh?

I don't agree with some posters' vitriol, but actually, I do remember being young, and also being responsible for my own actions - she's 21, not a bloody child. Plus she's in charge of a frigging great big lump of metal. Irrespective of the tweet if she'd clipped someone with her mirror she should have stopped - it wasn't simply another substantial vehicle she'd clipped.

Latest seems to be that she's trying to squirm onut of it further by *now* claiming he was on her side of the road..if that was so, it's interesting she didn't say so before. "A big boy did it and ran away" etc..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-22636230

posted by JonD [168 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 17:30

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posted by beej.a [39 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 17:34

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I saw the interview and *figuratively* thought she has a face with an attitude that makes you want to punch it and keep on punching... She was trophy hunting, on a damage limitation exercise and being an ice cold biatch. She has no sincerity and doesn't give a flying fook about the cyclist that could have been maimed or killed by her car and her driving. As others have said she is gutted she made the tweet and thats it. Its not just that though, she moans about other drivers when she has just what 3 or 4 years driving experience tops yet she photographs other cars on her smartphone and tweets about them... while she is driving, and then another one at 95mph.... She needs 3 year ban and big fine for what she has done. Then hopefully she'll lose her job and then she might just realise that she can't go around being the type of horrible, ignorant and arrogant person she is. Seriously, a firm line needs taking when vulnerable road users become victims and it has to send out the right message. If it was me I'd send her to prison for 14 days for what she has done, even if she hadn't tweeted it.

posted by Critchio [95 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 17:49

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thebungle wrote:
She is a young girl, she has made a stupidly stupid mistake, I'm pretty sure she has learnt a lesson by this, think back to when you were that age and made a poor judgement call.

Like others on here yes I can remember being that age (please note I say age, 21 is not young) I had been driving cars and motorbikes for three and a half years and had yet to knock somebody off their pushbike still haven't. Mistakes are drinking too much and falling over etc, not hitting someone then bragging about it.

As for learning from this I seriously doubt that she has.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [482 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 18:51

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BBC interview...this may have been raised already...Im rapidly running out of patience with the platfrom the BBC is giving...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-22636230

posted by NeilXDavis [98 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 18:53

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I'm frankly amazed at some of the comments here. It's public knowledge who her employer is - they would have had no choice but to suspend her in the circumstances.

I'd like to think she'll be charged - but I doubt it'll happen. I'd also like to think that she will be sacked for lying to the media - but that's not likely to happen either.

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [275 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 19:08

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That was a disgusting interview on BBC, all about feeling sorry for her that her innocent tweet got her so much unwanted attention, I mean they have someone who hit and run and they're sympathising with her. More talk about her tweet than her crime. Granted, may be due to legal stuff but in that case hold off till you can put the screw to her.

posted by eurotrash [69 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 20:36

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eurotrash wrote:
That was a disgusting interview on BBC, all about feeling sorry for her that her innocent tweet got her so much unwanted attention, I mean they have someone who hit and run and they're sympathising with her. More talk about her tweet than her crime. Granted, may be due to legal stuff but in that case hold off till you can put the screw to her.

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I've just seen the interview on the BBC. They've done an excellent PR job. They've toned down the make-up, put her in a suit and made her look reasonable and respectable. But like most of the posters say here, she's only sorry that tweeted, and does not look to have understood about her part in the situation. It all seems very odd and slightly sinister having her legal representative at the interview.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [977 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 20:52

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Unless witnesses come forward it's her word against his. We know how that ends.

posted by Big Les Wade [5 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 20:52

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What Toby Hockley said:

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2013-05-23/cyclist-welcomes-apology/

Seems a decent bloke and very measured in his response, even when pressed by the journalist (pressed even harder than Emma was IMHO).

posted by Colin Peyresourde [977 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 20:59

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Just seen her interview and for me her body language (arms crossed) is one of total disregard..she clearly feels no sorrow for what she did.

Pack of lies and crocodile tears for the camera and as for dragging in the pinstripe suited lawer to hold her hand...load of tosh Angry

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posted by gareth2510 [119 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 21:19

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You know... I was starting to feel sorry for this girl. People that age are often over-confident on the road and make stupid mistakes - and while she needs to be punished, I've no wish for her to have her life ruined.

But that interview seems half-hearted, self-centred and had the tone of an Apprentice contestant in the boardroom trying not to get fired.

If she'd offered a full and sincere apology and maybe done some work to raise awareness of how dangerous driving can put cyclists' lives at risk, I'd be prepared to say we should all forgive her and move on. But now I just think throw the book at her.

posted by sporran [39 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 22:36

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The contrast between Emma Way's interview and Toby Hockley's is astounding. She is still not apologising in the slightest for actually hitting the guy, just for the tweeting, and he is being incredibly restrained and reasonable in his assessment of the whole thing. Their attitudes are universes apart.

posted by jellysticks [64 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 23:41

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sporran wrote:
If she'd offered a full and sincere apology and maybe done some work to raise awareness of how dangerous driving can put cyclists' lives at risk, I'd be prepared to say we should all forgive her and move on. But now I just think throw the book at her.

This. Send down the infinite wrath of the internets upon her eternal soul. Oh, and Mr Hockley? Rule 5 adhered to, like a boss.

posted by Argos74 [208 posts]
24th May 2013 - 6:35

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I think Ms Way is saying she was lying earlier, when using phrase "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier.." but she's now definitely not now lying in saying just the opposite.

Its sounds like she's admitting she's no credibility at all.

posted by Peter Martin [1 posts]
24th May 2013 - 7:15

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She seems to have changed her own story from the interview she gave on ITV. Now suddenly it's the cyclist on the wrong side of the road.

Anyone hear the piece on Jeremy Vine on Radio 2
http://ipayroadtax.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=6365ab2ed6a5931b8e...
More victim blaming. But bits were laughable. He had a trucker whose complaint about cyclists was actually about moped riders . Vine initially even attributed the accident to cyclists riding too slowly in front of her.

I am only as insane as the insanity around me (Jens Voigt)

posted by alronald [58 posts]
24th May 2013 - 7:18

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I've only just seen the latest BBC piece with her and her solicitor and the shift to "there was nothing wrong with my driving, the cyclist was on the wrong side of the road" shows what a cynical and selfish young lady she really is...

IanW

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posted by iwortley56 [3 posts]
24th May 2013 - 7:52

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Very interesting body language between her and her solicitor don't you think. Lots of encouraging sideways glances to her then when she starts talking about "being a cyclist" at 1 min 24 secs when he even smiles (smirks) and starts nodding in agreement. Obviously well briefed and nice bit of PR. Loved (NOT) the "I am the real victim here" and "nobody's heard my side of the story" performance and the "Poor old Emma quote" from the solicitor. And did she really see people are calling her a "killer cyclist"? She'll have a 5 page spread in Hello magazine next.

Shame they didn't ask about the other stuff she's put on Twitter - pictures of (allegedly) her own speedometer reading 95mph and tailgating. Could have been another tearful apology - for the tweets of course, not the actions

Poor Toby Hockley. Had a lucky escape in a collision with a car and all he wanted was an apology. But now he's not even being portrayed as the victim

I am only as insane as the insanity around me (Jens Voigt)

posted by alronald [58 posts]
24th May 2013 - 9:50

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Colin Peyresourde wrote:
What Toby Hockley said:

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2013-05-23/cyclist-welcomes-apology/

Seems a decent bloke and very measured in his response, even when pressed by the journalist (pressed even harder than Emma was IMHO).

+1

I had to turn off the second load of lies she is spouting as I need my computer. As I have said before nothing will come of it and she has learned nothing.

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posted by cidermart [446 posts]
24th May 2013 - 11:20

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bike_food wrote:
All she's done is apologise for the tweet and is upset that her career is damaged, no mention of knocking someone off their bike or saying sorry.
Also '...blown out of precaution', says it all really.

my thoughts exactly - self interest, self focus, her lesson seems to be not to tweet the next time she 'doinks' a cyclist...

posted by silkred [13 posts]
27th May 2013 - 10:03

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Very sensible intelligent chap. people who cycle tend to be in my experience. An interesting juxtaposition here between him and her.

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