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South Wales woman who used car as weapon, injuring cyclist, convicted of dangerous driving

Motorist rammed rider in road rage incident that began with her husband throwing bottle from car

A female motorist from South Wales has been found guilty of dangerous driving after aiming her car at a cyclist, leaving him injured and his bike a write-off, following a road rage incident that began with a plastic bottle being thrown out of the car involved and striking the rider.

The incident took place on the A48 Swansea Road in Pontlliw on Monday 15 August last year as Gary Marshall was out on a bike ride with his wife, Debbie when he was passed by a car being driven by Victoria Elizabeth Williams of Lower Brynamman which also contained her husband and children, reports This Is South Wales.

During the trial at Swansea Crown Court, the prosecution maintained that the driver, who had pleaded guilty to careless driving but not guilty to the more serious charge of dangerous driving, had used her vehicle, a Volvo 440, as a weapon. The jury found her guilty by a unanimous verdict.

The court heard that Mr Marshall and his wife were riding along the road when they were overtaken by Mrs Williams’ vehicle from which a plastic bottle was thrown, striking Mr Marshall on the arm.

Mr Williams made a gesture and swore, asking, “What are you playing at?" The car then stopped and Mrs Williams husband got out, the two men exchanging words.

"I wanted to know why he had thrown a bottle at me," explained Mr Marshall, adding that he rode off after his wife had told him, "He's not worth it." Riding past the car, he told Mrs Williams, "You're as bad as he is."

Once he had ridden around 20 feet past the Volvo, he heard the car approaching and turned around, whereupon he was hit by it and knocked off his bike, ending up beneath the front of the vehicle.

"Before I knew it, half of my body, up to my waist, was underneath the car," he explained. "I was in a state of complete and utter shock and disbelief."

The cyclist suffered injuries to his knees, arm and side and his bike was written off.

Following her arrest, Mrs Williams said that she had meant to give Mr Marshall a fright but not injure him, saying that he had used swear words in front of her children.

In court, she insisted that when the cyclist braked, there was insufficient space for her to stop, that striking him had not been intentional and that her vehicle had not been used as a weapon.

After the jury returned its guilty verdict, Mrs Williams was bailed while pre-sentencing reports are compiled.

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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