Daisy Abela apologises

"I apologise for my ludicrous comments"

by John Stevenson   August 5, 2013  

Daisy Abela tweet

Daisy Abela, the driver at the centre of a twitter storm over the weekend after she claimed to have ‘purposely knocked off a cyclist’ apologised on Twitter this morning.

Ms Abela has changed the username of her primary account, which remains protected, and apologised via an account that shares the username from which she posted about driving into a cyclist and still being drunk.

Here are Ms Abela’s tweets. We’ve edited only misspellings and minor punctuation.

“I would like to start off firstly by apologising for any offence I may have caused other cyclists with my tweets on Saturday.

“I did not intend to upset anybody. Truth is I was joking with a friend, I thought it was a conversation between two people...

“Not one that would be broadcast to the rest of the world and cause such uproar.

“I understand and accept that my tweets sound incriminating and when reading them back sound frankly disgraceful

“But in fact they have been largely exaggerated and blown out of proportion. This incident was NOT a drunken hit and run.

“This was investigated by the Metropolitan Police and has been resolved. But for peace of mind I'd like to explain myself...

“On Saturday morning at around 9am I was driving behind a group of cyclists riding 3 abreast when I attempted to overtake at a clear point.

“As I did so, a fourth cyclist also tried to get ahead of the others leading to a near collision.

“I then shouted out of my open window "you're going to cause a crash riding like that" to which I received angry shrieks of abuse.

“I continued driving at around 10mph (approaching traffic) when the said cyclist caught up with me. He began hammering on my roof...

“And spitting at me as he shouted through my window "what's your fucking problem with cyclists?"

“I do not have a problem with cyclists, my issue was with the dangerous way he was cycling. We exchanged words whilst near enough stationary.

“Then there was a brief collision in which nobody was hurt. Not a "hit and run". This could equally have been caused by him cycling into me.

“Nobody was injured during the incident, there was no impact on the cyclist as he continued to scream abuse as he rode off!

“I did not lose a wing mirror it was merely pushed in. I appreciate how my tweet may have been misinterpreted.

“I strongly deny the allegations of drink driving seeing as the incident happened at 9am in the morning I was certainly not drunk.

“My tweet was referring to my silly behaviour the night before - a joke with my friend. I was NOT drunk at the time of the incident.

“My comments were terribly exaggerated and made in anger after being physically and verbally attacked by the cyclist.

“I should not have generalised all cyclists in such a way and once again I apologise for doing so and for my ludicrous comments. Thank you.”

At the time of writing, we’re waiting for a response from the Metropolitan Police to our questions about this incident. Ms Abela says she spoke to officers from Bromley police, but that is not yet corroborated.

If anyone knows the riders involved in this incident, please get in touch with the other side of the story.

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spen wrote:
At 10mph she wouldn't have dropped me let alone someone on a club run

Which is why i think she overtook at a more normal speed and then slowed approaching traffic.

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posted by mrmo [1280 posts]
5th August 2013 - 18:21

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sim1515 wrote:
Also, on the pointless overtake, I often point this out to drivers if I think it's the case. My view is that if they overtake when they can see queuing traffic or a red light and I can catch them up in the queue, it's pointless.

Agreed, but if your approaching a green light and overtake, but the light turns to red before you get there, was it a pointless overtake? I have ridden the 10miles between Cheltenham and Gloucester and taken just as long as a car to drive. I went faster in town and slower between towns. if the car had stuck behind me the whole way i would have gotten a tad paranoid!

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posted by mrmo [1280 posts]
5th August 2013 - 18:27

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mrmo wrote:
spen wrote:
At 10mph she wouldn't have dropped me let alone someone on a club run

Which is why i think she overtook at a more normal speed and then slowed approaching traffic.

I thought we didn't have enough detail a moment ago?

Also:

“On Saturday morning at around 9am I was driving behind a group of cyclists riding 3 abreast when I attempted to overtake at a clear point.

“As I did so, a fourth cyclist also tried to get ahead of the others leading to a near collision."

Where does the 4th come from? Is the 4th behind the 3? And her behind the 4th? Is the 4th legitimately overtaking the 3 only for a car to try to overtake the lot?

We don't have enough detail. But the lack of detail is, of itself, worthy of comment.

posted by bendertherobot [370 posts]
5th August 2013 - 18:34

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bendertherobot wrote:
mrmo wrote:
spen wrote:
At 10mph she wouldn't have dropped me let alone someone on a club run

Which is why i think she overtook at a more normal speed and then slowed approaching traffic.

I thought we didn't have enough detail a moment ago?

we don't, it is called interpretation of what is stated, won't find many groups of cyclists traveling as slowly as 10mph to be overtaken.

Quote:

“On Saturday morning at around 9am I was driving behind a group of cyclists riding 3 abreast when I attempted to overtake at a clear point.

“As I did so, a fourth cyclist also tried to get ahead of the others leading to a near collision."

Where does the 4th come from? Is the 4th behind the 3? And her behind the 4th? Is the 4th legitimately overtaking the 3 only for a car to try to overtake the lot?

We don't have enough detail. But the lack of detail is, of itself, worthy of comment.

Agreed, lack of awareness, not giving enough room in the overtaking manoeuvre, but then again why were the cyclist riding three/four abreast in traffic? why did the cyclist "supposedly" spit at her through the open car window. Was the fourth cyclist paying attention to the overtaking car? Lots of things are missing, particularly the cyclists.

I don't think anyone is coming out of this well to be honest, and i don't believe the cyclist will come forward, i hope they do, and can give their side of the story.

As i said before i believe she is a stupid little girl with ALOT of growing up todo. I also don't think a public witch hunt actually helps cyclists. It doesn't matter whether any cyclist thinks cyclists are or are not a group, enough of the population at large regards cyclists as a group.

Think Critical Mass, it might be a nice idea, but is it really doing cyclists any favours annoying car drivers when most people are car drivers?

All i want to be able to do is ride my bike and not worry about stupid prats on the road. I would rather crap drivers are re-educated/punished as appropriate. Than some twitter witch hunt.

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posted by mrmo [1280 posts]
5th August 2013 - 18:49

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mrmo wrote:

we don't, it is called interpretation of what is stated, won't find many groups of cyclists traveling as slowly as 10mph to be overtaken.

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I think you're misinterpreting my interpretation. At no point did I claim that she was doing 10 mph all the time. The point is that immediately afterwards she had to drop to that speed because of traffic. Suggesting that it was, as usual, that type of pointless manoeuvre. That's my interpretation of it. A failure to look, ascertain what's ahead and consider whether there's a point to it.

posted by bendertherobot [370 posts]
5th August 2013 - 19:02

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Sounds like she's taken advice from Ms Way's brief

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

posted by alronald [58 posts]
5th August 2013 - 19:03

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bendertherobot wrote:
The point is that immediately afterwards she had to drop to that speed because of traffic.

I think this is the bit where we differ, not sure it was immediately after, no hint given. I have chased after a car for a mile before when a tad annoyed!!!! Purely so i could get the cars number plate to pass to the police....

Anyway i am out,

We only have her side of the story, which to be honest i can believe. I would want to hear the other side before lynching her.

Crap driver, young, stupid, boastful, etc etc. yes, deliberately trying to kill someone, i don't think so.

Think what the lease company would say when she handed back her mini if it had a cyclist shaped dent in the bonnet. And how would she explain it to her mum?

very finally

i hate to link to the daily mail, but the comments are educational about some people. It is these people who scarely seem to dominate public opinion!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2384794/I-purposely-run-LOL-Poli...

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posted by mrmo [1280 posts]
5th August 2013 - 19:16

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mrmo wrote:

All i want to be able to do is ride my bike and not worry about stupid prats on the road. I would rather crap drivers are re-educated/punished as appropriate. Than some twitter witch hunt.

I agree to the extent that sending abuse to this silly girl only loses the cycling community it's moral high ground and fuels the anti-cyclist mob.

But I very much doubt this young lady will be re-educated or punished further than a small chat with a car-centric Plod, a bit of bad publicity, a lawyer/pr written "apology" and will, in time, re-write the whole affair in her head so she believes she was in the right all along.

posted by moonbucket [55 posts]
5th August 2013 - 19:23

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The Daily Mail is a very scary place indeed.

posted by bendertherobot [370 posts]
5th August 2013 - 19:44

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moonbucket wrote:
mrmo wrote:

But I very much doubt this young lady will be re-educated or punished further than a small chat with a car-centric Plod, a bit of bad publicity, a lawyer/pr written "apology" and will, in time, re-write the whole affair in her head so she believes she was in the right all along.

I said i wouldn't comment again, ho hum,

She does believe she is right, the point is to hopefully get her to understand what she did that may have led to the confrontation and hopefully she won't do it again.

If in future she gives cyclists a bit more room then that is a win. If other motorists can be educated and do the same then even better, but as per the twitter rape comments, abuse doesn't do you any favours and could even be detrimental.

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posted by mrmo [1280 posts]
5th August 2013 - 19:49

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Her mother does work in a law firm, so the careful wording is no surprise

posted by DrJDog [168 posts]
5th August 2013 - 20:15

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pepita1 wrote:
Once again, another idiot behind the wheel of "two tons of steel". If she wanted to apologise she should've stopped at “I would like to start off firstly by apologising for any offence I may have caused other cyclists with my tweets on Saturday.

“I did not intend to upset anybody."

The statements that follow only negate the apology.

"two tons of steel" Crikey, what sort of car was she driving?

posted by alun [44 posts]
5th August 2013 - 20:52

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Well I guess what she's said is pretty much as could have been expected. Sobered tone, apology, "it was actually the other guy's fault and no one was hurt". Which may well be true for all we know, but can't come to any conclusions yet if we only have one side.

On the other hand the story is a little unbelievable; a cyclist shouting abuse, spitting on her, banging on her car, and all she did was tell him "you're going to cause a crash riding like that". Really? He went into a fit because of that? Whilst not impossible... it seems very implausible. Certainly it gives the distinct impression that the story is quite biased. (I like how the cyclist is shown to swear at her. Naughty, naughty cyclists.)

Then the casual mention of a "brief collision" (as opposed to a... lengthy collision?). Does that mean she drove into him (albeit briefly)? It "could equally have been caused by him cycling into" her. Again it sounds kinda funny... not in a ha-ha way.

In fact her version really reminds me of Mr Burns' version of events in the "Bart gets hit by a car" episode of the Simpsons...

Overall I think it would be safe to imagine that there was verbal abuse and anger coming from both sides. Perhaps the cyclist did do a stupid manoeuvre, perhaps the motorist then did a punishment pass, causing the type of anger that usually only happens to cyclists after nearly getting killed.

posted by eurotrash [80 posts]
5th August 2013 - 21:33

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mrmo wrote:
sim1515 wrote:
Also, on the pointless overtake, I often point this out to drivers if I think it's the case. My view is that if they overtake when they can see queuing traffic or a red light and I can catch them up in the queue, it's pointless.

Agreed, but if your approaching a green light and overtake, but the light turns to red before you get there, was it a pointless overtake? I have ridden the 10miles between Cheltenham and Gloucester and taken just as long as a car to drive. I went faster in town and slower between towns. if the car had stuck behind me the whole way i would have gotten a tad paranoid!

I'm not really sure of your point, I stated that I think it's pointless if they can see the light is red or the traffic in front is queuing, so no, I don't expect cars to sit behind if lights are green on front and there is no queuing traffic, if the light changes, it's not their fault and the overtake would be valid in my opinion.

I also think the overtake just before turning off, whether it be onto a right hand side road or the really dangerous left hand side road is pointless too by the way, especially the need to stop to turn right, forcing me to stop too or if turning left into my path and cutting me off. These are just my opinions on pointless overtakes though, some people may believe that they're justified in taking risks with cyclists' lives for what I perceive as very little or no gain.

Si

posted by sim1515 [139 posts]
5th August 2013 - 21:38

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what a piece of shit

posted by beej.a [40 posts]
5th August 2013 - 21:42

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Totally agree MrMo.

Critical Mass doesn't speak for me (or more accurately in a way I would like to represented), and the increased partisan actions by the likes of them are giving cyclists a bad name.

This aggressive action, on twitter or on the streets only alienates other road users. As you point out, the responses by many on the Daily Mail website are fairly typical of a wider public opinion. I spoke to a policeman (he was giving a useful, yet undersubscribed presentation about lorry blind spots) and he mentioned the unhelpful militant action of certain groups, throwing fuel onto the fire. There will be plenty that read Ms Abela's story and think 'cyclist scum'.

Personally if there was a more politically organised pressure group, and cyclists could show themselves as organised, peaceful and reasonable (as opposed to an anarchic rabble) people might start taking the political points more seriously.....even if that means cycling in a well organised phalanx on Whitehall...but this is what all political groups have had to do - show
that they work within society and with society to get better recognition.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1186 posts]
5th August 2013 - 23:13

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Audi A4, perhaps?.... http://carleasingmadesimple.com/business-car-leasing/audi/a4/gross-vehic...

Modern cars are stupidly heavy. It's an arms race. There's a VW Golf now that weighs over 1.6 tonnes, more than double the weight of the mark 1 Golf.

posted by Malaconotus [47 posts]
5th August 2013 - 23:20

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That's what you get on self selecting forums where posting the most ridiculous comment you can think of gains popularity. It seeks the world is becoming an American high school cheer leader film and that's depressing.

But I wonder why ".... the Metropolitan Police says it is unable to confirm the incident was reported to them." (Mail on line) as "This was investigated by the Metropolitan Police and has been resolved." (her Tweet)

posted by spen [90 posts]
6th August 2013 - 7:14

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zanf wrote:
Michael Healey wrote:
A small minority are giving us all a bad name.

Seriously, fuck off with that collective responsibility bullshit. Its ignorant and does nothing to assert individual responsibility.

WOW! My second post on the forum and i get told to Fuck Off!

Of course we can only be responsible for our on actions and not those of others,
however you can't escape the fact that unfortunately we all get tarred by the same
brush.

I think one of her tweets went something like "I hate bloody cyclists", she's not alone in having this kind of attitude

"Cyclists" that's you and me Zanf, already hated because of an incident involving
another cyclist. Like it or not for a lot of motorists we are seen as a collective.

posted by Michael Healey [7 posts]
6th August 2013 - 7:36

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There was a brief collision
Priceless

posted by mattbibbings [103 posts]
6th August 2013 - 8:29

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mattbibbings wrote:
There was a brief collision
Priceless

It is the prolonged collisions you've got to watch out for I suppose.

posted by farrell [1557 posts]
6th August 2013 - 8:54

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I was in an organised ride on Sunday riding along with a friend.No big groups,3 abreast,etc.
We had a horn sounded at us twice,and a passenger shouting out of a window.
All 3 vehicles overtook us easily on the quiet country roads but it seemed like the drivers wanted to make some kind of statement.
Obviously none of them stopped so we could discuss it further.
The amount of angry people on the road seems to be increasing.

joeegg

posted by joeegg [37 posts]
6th August 2013 - 9:32

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Comments on here make interesting reading.

My 'two penneth' -

Unfortunately cyclists are seen as a collective - much as I wish we weren't by car drivers who hold negative views... This doesn't change the fact that we all have individual responsibility, driving, cycling, walking, whenever.

I agree with the points made about militant organisations who seem to antagonise. This is not likely to be effective, and yet I believe they do have cyclists' best interests at heart. high profile organisations such as the CTC and British Cycling are best placed to be effective political lobbyists for our cause.

On this case specifically, we cannot judge until we have both sides of the story, tempting as it is to condemn this silly woman - all we know for sure is she wrote something stupid on Twitter after some altercation with a cyclist.

posted by 700c [587 posts]
6th August 2013 - 9:54

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Or, perhaps a rash suggestion, we could wait for both sides to be heard.

Lots of speculation here, very similar to what is seen in the aviation world after a crash: "I know the facts aren't all out yet, but I think that what happened was ..."

Gerard the Kiwi

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posted by GerardR [86 posts]
6th August 2013 - 10:48

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joeegg wrote:
I was in an organised ride on Sunday riding along with a friend.No big groups,3 abreast,etc.
We had a horn sounded at us twice,and a passenger shouting out of a window.
All 3 vehicles overtook us easily on the quiet country roads but it seemed like the drivers wanted to make some kind of statement.
Obviously none of them stopped so we could discuss it further.
The amount of angry people on the road seems to be increasing.

You shouldn't be 3-abreast. See the Highway Code.

https://www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82/overview-59-to-71

posted by deero83 [18 posts]
6th August 2013 - 11:32

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alun wrote:
pepita1 wrote:
Once again, another idiot behind the wheel of "two tons of steel". If she wanted to apologise she should've stopped at “I would like to start off firstly by apologising for any offence I may have caused other cyclists with my tweets on Saturday.

“I did not intend to upset anybody."

The statements that follow only negate the apology.

"two tons of steel" Crikey, what sort of car was she driving?

Current average European cars weigh between 1.1 and 1.5 tonnes (according to internet guesstimates) I was going by US avg.

Pepita rides again!

posted by pepita1 [186 posts]
6th August 2013 - 12:09

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I meant no big groups,nor 3 abreast etc. Its difficult to cycle 3 abreast with just one friend.
Sorry if i confused anybody.

joeegg

posted by joeegg [37 posts]
6th August 2013 - 12:14

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Lets be clear here, we are supposed to get apoplectic with rage, Icouldadoid and all that...but really...

Rubbish driver, rather dull too...

Quality of road usage by all people be they cyclist, professional drivers, normal drivers or walkers is a shambles...

posted by ct [60 posts]
6th August 2013 - 12:28

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Twitter seems to make twats of lots of people. The other cyclists must be reading this (no idea why they must be but hey, its the internet) and come forward and give their side to events. At the moment, her story sounds plausible however stupid she was in getting it out. Some of the cycling I have seen has been arrogant to say the least. Just because you are on a bike, doesn't mean you can flaunt the highway code then kick off at anyone who complains, as also previously said, whats the other sides story?

Ah, but that was then

posted by Pitstone Peddler [104 posts]
6th August 2013 - 18:39

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ct wrote:
Lets be clear here, we are supposed to get apoplectic with rage, Icouldadoid and all that...but really...

Rubbish driver, rather dull too...

Quality of road usage by all people be they cyclist, professional drivers, normal drivers or walkers is a shambles...

+1

Too many people on here can't see all sides.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1186 posts]
6th August 2013 - 21:37

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