Cyclists in Richmond Park furiously dejected as driver avoids jail

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A cyclist who broke his collarbone after being hit by a car insists the driver did it on purpose.

David Williams previously told how he was injured last November while driving home through Richmond Park, south west London.

He said Adrian Stephney drove too close to him in his BMW, so he “slapped the boot to let the driver know how close he was”.

Stephney responded by braking “hard” and David ended up in front of the car. At this point, Stephney reportedly “accelerated and dodged” on David.

David fell off his bike, breaking his collarbone and suffering serious bruises. He was unable to work for several weeks while he recovered.

Stephney admitted driving without due care and attention on Wednesday when Lavender Hill Magistrates Court handed him charges totaling £570.

David said he was “delighted” that the case is over and “grateful” for the park police’s help.

But he also told Cycling Outlet road.cc he was “disappointed” that the charges weren’t more serious and the sentence wasn’t “tougher”.

The BMW that threw David off his bike.

David said he ‘hit’ the trunk of the BMW after getting ‘too close’ (Image: YouTube)

Paramedics look at David.

An ambulance had to take David to hospital after the accident with a broken collarbone (Image: YouTube)

He said: “I believe that in a moment of anger I was attacked by Mr Stephney and if the weapon of choice had been a knife or baseball bat the driver could have faced jail time.

“This and other cases underscore the flippant acceptance of road violence by the justice system and by society at large.”

He went on to explain how he “suffered” and lost income for nearly three months while recovering from his injuries.

This caused “fear and disappointment” because it was close to Christmas.

Just three weeks after David managed to get back on his bike, the father was hit again by another rider who got too close to him.

He said: “Back then there was no intent or serious physical injury, but more fear of what might have been in the actions of another driver whose claim valued moments of their life more than any of mine.

“Both events have severely shaken my confidence to keep myself safe on the roads.”

After seeing the footage, many people on social media have supported David, agreeing that the driver was behaving “dangerously and shockingly”.

Some even suggested that the driver should be charged with attempted murder.

Stephney was ordered to pay a fine of £418, costs of £110 and a victim’s surcharge of £42. He also received six points for his driver’s license.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to the Met Police for comment.

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/30/richmond-park-cyclist-angry-after-driver-avoids-jail-16738628/ Cyclists in Richmond Park furiously dejected as driver avoids jail

Justin Scacco

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