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

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.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

82 comments

Avatar
Al__S [957 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

As I've had it pointed out to me (after I blew my top in indignation on twitter), she can only apologise for the tweet, not her supposed actions, as she will have been advised by her lawyer and/or insurance company to say nothing whatsoever about the incident itself.

Avatar
bike_food [167 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

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.

Avatar
The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

"I'm a cyclist myself." Yeah right. (Or perhaps she's going for the "irony" defence).

Avatar
northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes
Al__S wrote:

As I've had it pointed out to me (after I blew my top in indignation on twitter), she can only apologise for the tweet, not her supposed actions, as she will have been advised by her lawyer and/or insurance company to say nothing whatsoever about the incident itself.

And that's the saddest thing about all this, they will try to wriggle out of it no doubt.

Avatar
nostromo [55 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Not sure why Anglia News is labelling it a "minor collision" - it's not their place to decide or frame the news in this way.

Following on from the radio phone in about whether cyclists should pay tax to use the roads it seems along with stupid drivers Norfolk also has some very stupid journalists too.

As for Emma Way, suck it up love. You're just young and dumb and you got found out. Treat it as a life lesson and learn from it.

Avatar
Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Pack of lies

Avatar
Simon_MacMichael [2443 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes
nostromo wrote:

Following on from the radio phone in about whether cyclists should pay tax to use the roads it seems along with stupid drivers Norfolk also has some very stupid journalists too.

Ah-ha...!  3

Avatar
edster99 [334 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Fairly obviously not apologising for her crap driving. I pray that she does get both charged and more importantly receives some sanction. Although in some respects I'd prefer her to go and meet some people whose relatives have been killed by actions like hers - maybe it'd have more impact in the long run.

Avatar
Tom Amos [236 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

"I'm a cyclist myself....." This, to me at least, seems to be the 2013 equivalent of "I'm not racist but...."

Avatar
Big Les Wade [5 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

I recognise 'minor' in this context as a collision that didn't result in hospital treatment as opposed to 'serious' that does. 'Fatal' needing both in a sense.

I guess Ms Way didn't need to apologise for her reckless behaviour on the road because her tweet has shown her true state of mind.

Some lawyer somewhere will no doubt be able to argue black is, in fact, white in her defence. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the evil cyclist was in fact the one to blame and by positioning himself on her bonnet has caused undue stress and anxiety etc etc. Case dismissed m'lud?

Avatar
seabass89 [212 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

You guys crack me up. This commentary list is awesome.

Avatar
gummo [19 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

What a dolt.

Avatar
alronald [58 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Nauseating interview on ITN with a lawyer hell-bent on damage limitation and gaining the sympathy vote for her as the victim.
"I can't remember exactly what I said". Well let's remind you of your tweet in black and white
"I don't think I actually hit him". Well your tweet and the account of the cyclist himself would contradict that
"I didn't think he'd come off his bike". Again not quite what you claimed at the time but you would have had to probably use your mirror to ascertain that - and both you and he have agreed that your mirror was damaged in the collision
"I'm a careful driver". Well if your definition includes driving too fast on the wrong side of the road round blind bends (according to the cyclist you hit), tailgating and tweeting and taking photos while driving (your previous posts) then who am I to argue
"I'm a cyclist myself". Contemptible cynical comment

Avatar
Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes
Tom Amos wrote:

"I'm a cyclist myself....." This, to me at least, seems to be the 2013 equivalent of "I'm not racist but...."

"..and some of my best friends are gay!"

Avatar
Cyclic [36 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Another result of the British education system. How can someone so dim afford a car? I don't hate cyclists, I am a cyclist...#bloodycyclists. Was prepared to forgive a foolish mistake but the apology just shows complete contempt for the cyclist and other people which is another modern trait I'm afraid.

Avatar
pepita1 [175 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

I won't bother watching her "apology" video as there is no amount of apologising that could earn forgiveness IMO. She's another youth lacking in any kind of compassion or sense of morality. Who are her parents that they raised a child with no morals and no conscience? She should be made an example of by the law and the courts.

Avatar
Cyclic [36 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Compare her with our Youth riders who have courage and serious determination. The sport encourages fair play, teamwork and a moral compass - everything missing from Miss Way.

Avatar
onlyonediane [156 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Speak in haste and repent in leisure except social media does have it pitfalls as Miss Way has found out! I'm suspect this story has a way to go before the headlines becomes tomorrow 's fish n chip paper?

Avatar
SounDaz_7 [48 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

If there's one thing worse than no apology, it's a false apology!  14

Avatar
cidermart [486 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Utter Scum! Nothing will happen to her.

Avatar
koko56 [330 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

wooooow, sure there will be lawyer involvement in the interview, but wow.  22

Avatar
pedalingparamedic [94 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Wonder if Armstrong has been in touch yet, they'd make a great double act.

Both regretting being caught and then sorry only for what got them caught.

Here's hoping Norfolk police and the CPS throw the book at her.

Avatar
The _Kaner [693 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

I have just now watched the interview...I have no words to express how imbecilic this little girl is/has been....  37

Avatar
Carl [135 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Well that's OK then....

Avatar
Richard in France [1 post] 2 years ago
0 likes

She is clearly a very stupid and very immature girl. Hopefully the law will deal with her actions appropriately. However, it's not right that the internet vigilantes have harangued her employers and effectively ended her employment.

Avatar
jasecd [332 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

This is what I heard when I watched the interview:

"I'm sorry... that I've done something stupid and indiscreet that has endangered my career and good name. I don't however, really give a s*** about the cyclist I could have seriously hurt and I can't even comprehend why adding to anti-cyclist rhetoric is stupid and irresponsible."

"Oh, and I'm a cyclist myself"

Avatar
Belaroo [44 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

If she's a cyclist, it probably had training wheels. It's true, it makes "I'm a cyclist too" the same as I'm not racist but...
Utter lies, she knew damn well she left the guy for dead and considering there are witnesses who can testify that she was speeding on the wrong side of a blind bend, I hope she never gets to drive again. Alas, I doubt very much that will be the out come. If she gets 6 points we will be lucky. What about the tweets with the 95mph speedo they found? the picture she texted while driving? She's a menace and I hope she works the rest of her life behind a checkout in Halfords.

Avatar
A V Lowe [567 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Wing mirror knocked off according to cyclist "I didn't notice any damage" Ms Way. In a hole - stop digging!

Still the sentencing by society is generally far more effective than any fine or other action by the courts.

Avatar
kiwiglider [23 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

Needs legal action to send a clear message. Her attitudes are sadly reflective of too many drivers.

Avatar
comm88 [76 posts] 2 years ago
0 likes

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????

Pages