Watch the moment Essex motorbike rider in driving row is involved in crash
PUBLISHED: 10:31 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 12 July 2017
Essex Police has released footage showing the moment a Braintree motorbike rider involved in a driving row collides with van.
Terry Hammond, 43, was riding his black Yamaha bike in Church Road, Witham, when he was overtaken by a white van.
The van cut in sharply in front of Hammond, of Boscawen Gardens, Braintree, causing the rider to brake to avoid a crash.
Hammond caught up with the van, and on a blind bend rode on the wrong side of the road to talk to the driver through the window.
However, a white Mercedes van was travelling in the other direction and collided with Hammond head-on.
Hammond was filming the footage on his GoPro camera at the time so the whole incident, which happened on February 20, was recorded.
He was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance, and suffered life-changing injuries.
Hammond originally pleaded not guilty to driving a motor vehicle dangerously at Colchester Magistrates’ Court, but at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, July 5, he changed his plea to guilty.
He was given a three-month community order with a residence condition for three months, disqualified from driving for 12 months with an extended retest to be taken, and ordered to pay costs of £50.
The 39-year-old driver of the white van that originally overtook Hammond on his motorbike was contacted by officers and given a driver improvement scheme.
The 57-year-old man who was driving the van which collided with Hammond suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
Pc Allan Discombe, investigating officer from the Stanway Roads Policing Unit, said: “Altercations between motorists are unfortunately a common occurrence.
“Our advice would be to not react and instead contact police on 101 with the registration plate of the car that has driven dangerously or carelessly.
“If you have dash cam footage of the incident please email this to email@example.com – we can then investigate the claims further and take any necessary action.”