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Driver admits hitting cyclist on Twitter; provokes response from police force

Some free advice: if you ever hit a cyclist while driving, don’t tell your Twitter followers.

(Screen grab: Bikehugger.com)

HERE’S SOME FREE public advice: if you ever happen to knock down a cyclist while out driving, don’t just ignore them – and don’t tweet about your efforts later.

Norwich woman Emma Way seemed pretty happy about her achievements when she knocked over a cyclist on Sunday – taking to Twitter to complain that the road was being occupied by someone who doesn’t pay road tax (which was abolished in Britain in 1937, and replaced by a motor tax system similar to Ireland’s).

Niche website IPayRoadTax.com noted that Way had only around 100 followers on Twitter – but the hubris of the tweet was quickly picked up and sent to the local police force, which has significantly more Twitter followers:

The Daily Telegraph figured out that the cyclist hit by Way, 29-year-old Toby Hockley, was taking part in an organised ride – and was nearing the end of a 100-mile trip when he was hit by a car coming from the opposite direction.

The Norwich Police tweet prompted Way to delete her account – but remnants of her online life remained accessible, allowing some users to find other photographs she had posted to Twitter in the past.

They included this photo, showing her speedometer recording a speed of 95 miles per hour, which was posted with the following caption:

I really need to wake up earlier.. I cannot do this EVERY SINGLE DAY to my poor car! #lookoutwaysabout

Yesterday the police account posted a further update, saying it had identified both parties involved in the incident and were “progressing with them”.

“For obvious reasons we are unable to put any futher info on this into the public domain,” it said, adding the hashtag #staysafe.

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Gavan Reilly

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