Emma Way, the Norfolk driver who in May boasted on Twitter of having knocked a cyclist off his bike, has been summonsed to appear on court to face charges of driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.
The 21-year-old will appear at Norwich Magistrates Court of Friday 16 August, according to a statement released by Norfolk Constabulary, which added that CPS East of England is preparing the case for court.
Way, a trainee accountant, posted a message on Twitter on Sunday 19 May which read: “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier – I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax!" The tweet also included the hashtag #bloodycyclists.
That tweet – and Way’s Twitter account – was subsequently deleted, but not before it been retweeted on the social network, where it also came to the attention of Norfolk Constabulary.
The force used its own Twitter account to send a reply to Way, saying: "we have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike", they explained. "We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us."
The cyclist involved, Toby Hockley, sustained minor injuries during the incident, which occurred while he was taking part in a sportive.
As the story hit the national headlines, a website Bloodycyclist.com, was set up with the aim of “highlighting the issues of road use and campaigning to make the roads safer,” while a #bloodycyclist jersey, t-shirt and bidon have also been produced to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance.
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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.