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article imageBus driver receives jail time for deliberately hitting cyclist

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 17, 2012 in World
Briston - A U.K. man was found guilty for an incident which occurred in Apr. 2011 where he deliberately hit a cyclist on a Bristol road.
Now the man has been sentenced to 17 months in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm.
BBC News reported Bristol Crown Court found 29-year-old Gavin Hill guilty for intentionally hitting a bicyclist and knocking him off his bike.
Judge Mark Horton declared the bus driver's actions were no accident. "You used the bus as a weapon to bully and intimidate Mr [Phillip] Mead," the judge said.
Shocking footage captured of the incident shows the bus swerving to the right into an entirely different lane and then moving back left to hit the cyclist; ultimately knocking him over.
The incident in question happened on Apr. 5 of last year and was captured on CCTV. Reportedly before the bus driver hit the cyclist, an argument had ensued between the two men for being too close to one another. When both vehicles moved on, on the surveillance video, it appears Hill suddenly swerved and ran Mead down.
Mead sustained a broken leg, a fractured wrist and an injury to his thumb; some of his injuries required plates. Additionally, he lost his bike, as it was crushed.
Reportedly the bus driver had a good record up until this incident, however, was fired by his employer, Bugler Coaches, after the collision with the 43-year-old biker.
The Belfast Telegraph reported Judge Horton also said, "This was not an accident, it was an assault, deliberate dangerous driving."
The U.K. Telegraph reported Mead said his helmet saved his life.
"Without my helmet it could have been a lot worse – I could have been killed," Mead said. "It goes to show how one bit of rage can affect so many people's lives. It has affected me and my family – but also now him and his family now he has gone to prison. But I do not feel any anger towards him now. In fact, I feel really sorry for his family."
According to the British Association of Anger Management, in July 2006, the Sunday Times Magazine reported the U.K. has the "second-worst road rage" globally. This was down a place from the no. 1 spot in 2003. A 2010 report said UK insurer AXA calculated 800 lives were lost in Britain in motor vehicle accidents "caused by road rage or disrespectful driving."
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