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Motorhome driver hit cyclist with wing mirror after words exchanged at traffic lights, court told

George Racz had previously beeped horn at riders before "flying past"...

A motorhome driver involved in an exchange of words with a cyclist at traffic lights shortly after overtaking a group of riders at speed subsequently hit him with his wing mirror, a court has heard.

Appearing at South Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, 66-year-old George Racz from Glossop pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, reports Derbyshire Live.

The incident happened on Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, at 9.30am on Saturday 4 August 2018, said Lynn Bickley, prosecuting.

"The defendant was driving a motorhome vehicle and the victim was on a push-bike,” she said.

"There were seven cyclists in total. There were four cyclists in front of the victim and two behind."

She said that according to the victim, Racz had been "honking his horn" before "flying past" him.

"They came to some lights and the motor home came to a stop at the lights.

"The cyclist accepts he swore at the defendant, saying 'what a f*ck*ng waste of time that was'.

"The defendant was shouting and swearing back at him."

Subsequently, Racz hit the back of the victim’s head with the wing mirror of his motorhome.

The cyclist, who had been wearing a helmet, was left feeling “dizzy,” and was checked over at hospital and given the all-clear.

Speaking in mitigation on behalf of Racz, Thomas Wild said: "The defendant is a cyclist himself. He sounded his horn on his approach to let them know of his presence."

Racz, who already had six points on his driving licence, was fined £500 by District Judge Jonathan Taaffe and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £50 victim surcharge. He was also given five more penalty points.

Simon joined 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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