Twitter boast by hit and run driver alerts police

Police are investigated a claim that a woman knocked a cyclist off his bicycle on the strength of a bizarre tweet the driver herself made after the accident.

The tweet, by a woman from Norwich who described herself as a trainee accountant, read:

"Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists."

Users of twitter forwarded the tweet to the police, and they have since spoken to her and a man who claims to be the cyclist in question, Toby Hockley. The woman has since taken down her Twitter account.

Mr Hockley says he was out with his cycling club when a car "came tearing round the blind corner", missing one cyclist, and hitting him with the wing mirror - knocking him off his bike and into a hedge. He also says the car did not stop but that he did see that it was a "blonde girl". He did not intent to report the incident but did so once he saw the comments on Twitter.

The tweet referred to cyclists not paying road tax which is a mistaken notion regularly cited by motorists. The maintenance of roads is actually paid for by all taxpayers, where as "car tax" or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is actually a tax on gas emissions.

This incident highlights a longstanding issue about how cyclists are treated on the roads by car motorists, with cyclists regularly complaining that they are not given enough space when cars are overtaking, and that they are generally not respected on the road. There have already been a number of fatal road accidents involving cyclists this year.

If you require legal advice about making a claim for compensation to cover your medical costs and loss of earnings after an accident, contact one of the claims solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9289.