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Driving ban for motorist who reversed into cyclist

Matthew Scarpellini admitted dangerous driving in connection with May 2013 incident in Leamington Spa

A driver who braked suddenly then reversed into a cyclist who had banged on his car window after a close pass has been banned from driving for 12 months.

The motorist, Matthew Scarpellini from Warwick, aged 25, was given a conditional discharge after admitting dangerous driving at Warwick Crown Court, reports the Leamington Observer.

The incident happened in May 2013 when the cyclist, named as a Mr Green from Coventry was riding along Myton Road in Leamington Spa.

As he approached a traffic island, Scarpellini drove up behind him and sounded his horn, and what was described as “a bit of argy-bargy” between the pair as the driver tried to overtake the cyclist at the point where the road narrowed due to the traffic island.

During the court case, the prosecution said that Mr Green had banged on the car’s window with his hand.

That led to Scarpellini braking suddenly and reversing into the cyclist, who sustained a grazed elbow and knee after falling off his bike, which was also damaged. He drove away, but police found him later the same day.

Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: “This was an altercation with a cyclist. It matters not in the least whose fault it was.

“The cyclist didn’t like the way he was driving and hit his side window, and he stopped and reversed back and hit the bike.”

Scarpellini was ordered to pay the Mr Green £100 compensation and will also have to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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