Rider in Norwich cycling event was knocked off his bike by “frustrated” driver, court told

PUBLISHED: 07:29 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:41 27 January 2016

Charles Emery at Norwich Magistrates Court.

Charles Emery at Norwich Magistrates Court. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY


A cyclist has told a court how he was knocked off his bike by a “frustrated” motorist down a narrow country lane during an organised ride in the county.

Matt Waterman who was knocked over by a car during the Norwich Cycle SwarmMatt Waterman who was knocked over by a car during the Norwich Cycle Swarm

Matthew Waterman was one of a number of cyclists taking part in the Norwich Cycle Swarm event across Norfolk.

As a group of riders, including Mr Waterman, travelled through Calthorpe Street in Ingham they encountered a car which was “revving”.

The vehicle is then said to have struck Mr Waterman, sending him to the floor and other riders on top of him.

Charles Emery, 62, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday for a trial having denied driving without due care and attention on May 4 last year.

Giving evidence yesterday, Mr Waterman said he and a group of cyclists came across a car on the narrow road which was “revving” with a “particularly frustrated” driver waiting.

As he passed the car Mr Waterman said the vehicle hit into his side.

He said: “It came into contact with my knee, my leg.”

The car is estimated to have been travelling at between 5mph and 10mph.

Mr Waterman said: “He came out of there quite quickly. Before I knew it I was on the ground. I had a split second to react.

“I didn’t have much chance and ended up on the floor.

“It just happened so quickly. Before I knew it I was on the floor. I heard revving and he hit me and was on the floor before I knew it.”

Mr Waterman, who ended up with other cyclists falling on top of him and his cycle after the impact, said his bike has since had to be replaced by the insurance company as it was badly damaged.

He said the riders were in single file when the impact happened and recalled making a note of the registration number on his phone and also in an email to himself.

In cross-examination Catherine Bradshaw, defending, put it to the witness that although he heard the car revving he did not hear anything on impact.

Mr Waterman said: “It happened so quickly. I had people coming down on me. I had been knocked off my bike.”

Miss Bradshaw suggested the damage to his bike was caused by other riders falling on him.

The witness said it was “caused by the accident”.

Miss Bradshaw suggested that Mr Waterman was part of a tight group of riders and might have ended up on the floor as a result of “clipping another cyclist”. He replied: “Absolutely not.”

Emery, of Dunmow, Essex, has also denied failing to stop and failing to report an accident.

The trial continues.

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