Police refer Emma Way "#bloodycyclists" case to Crown Prosecution Service

Motorist had boasted on Twitter about hitting cyclist, provoking a media storm

Norfolk Constabulary have passed the case of Emma Way, the woman who boasted on Twitter of having knocked a cyclist off his bike, to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), reports the BBC.

On Sunday 19 May, the 21-year-old trainee accountant posted a message on Twitter which read: “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier – I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax!" complete with the hashtag #bloodycyclists.

The tweet was quickly deleted but not before it had been screengrabbed and gone viral on Twitter as well as coming to the attention of the police.

In the ensuing days, the story hit the national headlines, including wider discussion of the issue of “road tax,” which hasn’t existed since the 1930s.

The cyclist involved, Toby Hockley, who had been taking part in the Boudicca Sportive, said he was “lucky to be alive” after being hit by the wing mirror of Ms Way’s car and catapulted into a hedge.

In a blog post for road.cc last month, he reflected on his experience of being at the centre of the media storm that followed the incident, as well as outlining how it had inspired the launch of a #bloodycyclist jersey, t-shirt and bidon to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance.

A website, Bloodycyclist.com, has also been set up with the aim of “highlighting the issues of road use and campaigning to make the roads safer.”

Ms Way was suspended from her job as a trainee accountant while police continued their investigations. The BBC said that her employers had declined to confirm whether she has been reinstated.

It is not known what potential charges the CPS may be considering.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.