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Driver jailed for ramming cyclist into railings

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

Exeter Crown Court

Exeter Crown Court

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An angry driver has been jailed for ramming a cyclist into a set of railings in revenge for him slapping his wing mirror when he did not leave enough room to pass on the inside.

Khia Dawe was stuck in a traffic jam when cyclist Patrick Gaskins tried to undertake him and tapped his car in frustration when he could not.

Dawe steered his Peugeot car sharply to the left, hitting the bicycle and forcing solicitor Mr Gaskins into the railings which were directly beside the road at Bitton Park Road in Teignmouth.

The rider fell from his machine after Dawe drove on and passing motorists stopped to come to his aid, picked him up, and noted the number of the fleeing car.

Dawe, aged 20, of Nelson Close, Teignmouth, admitted dangerous driving and was jailed for three months and banned from driving for a year by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge told him:"The cyclist took exception to something in the way you were driving and slapped your wing mirror. You lost your temper and deliberately drove at him.

"I accept you did not intend to injure him but these were high railings which must have been visible. It was just good fortune for both you and the cyclist that he was not hurt.

"When someone falls from a bicycle,even if they are wearing a helmet, the consequences are completely unpredictable."

Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said Dawe as either stationary or moving very slowly when Mr Gaskins tried to pass on the inside.

He said:"It appears the cyclist clipped the wing mirror and the driver took umbrage. He steered to the left, forcing the bicycle into railings next to the kerb.

"His car made contact with the rear wheel and at one point Mr Gaskins was sat on the nearside front wing. He had to rest on the railings to avoid being crushed by the car."

He said Dawe drove on and turned into a side road and Mr Gaskins was picked up by other drivers. He was unhurt but his rear wheel was buckled."

Mr Paul Dentith, defending, said Dawe lost his temper after the cyclist slapped or punched his mirror. He said:"This was a moment of madness. There was no excessive speed or other aggravating factors such as drink or drugs."

He said Dawe is a hard working young man who had been under pressures from home and who is helping to support his mother.

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  • enterusername  |  April 26 2014, 10:56AM

    Cyclists undertaking are a right menace. So he couldn't undertake, so he smacked the wing mirror... fairly aggressive actions on the part of the cyclist. Q. When is an aggressive cyclist not a Lycra Lout? A. When he is a solicitor

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  • enterusername  |  April 26 2014, 10:54AM

    Cyclists undertaking are a right menace. So he couldn't undertake, so he smacked the wing mirror... fairly aggressive actions on the part of the cyclist. Q. When is an aggressive cyclist not a Lycra Lout? A. When he is a solicitor

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  • Bidster  |  April 25 2014, 9:13PM

    Intentionally uses his car as a weapon, someone could be killed. Why not a lifetime ban?

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