The driver of an Audi Q7 that was driven into a cyclist and ended up in the front of a beauty salon has been handed a three year custodial sentence and banned from driving for four years by Kingston Crown Court.
During the sentencing of 31-year-old Natalie Pyne, Judge Susan Tapping branded the motorist “out of control”, after the court proved that she drove at cyclist Simon Edgely after an altercation.
Mr Edgely – who has autism – escaped with only minor physical injuries, although his bike was severely damaged by the vehicle. The incident also caused £25,000 damage to the salon.
Judge Tapping said: “I have given considerable consideration to your circumstances. You deliberately used your car as a weapon.
“You were out of control.”
According to the Surrey Comet, Mr Edgely has not been able to return to cycling properly as a result of the mental anguish caused by road rage incident.
“Since the accident I haven’t been able to go out. I’ve managed for a while [to cycle], until I met three motor vehicles at a roundabout and haven’t since. I don’t know if I ever will again,” said Mr Edgely.
Pyne’s defence had centred on a claim that her vehicle had malfunctioned and sped off beyond her control. This was countered by PC Peter Taylor who had been unable to find fault with the Audi 4×4.
The mother of six already had form for driving offences, including a conviction for dangerous driving after being clocked at over 70mph, on the wrong side of the road and under the influence of alcohol in January 2009.