Bromley driver in Twitter storm after claiming she ‘purposely’ ran over cyclist

PUBLISHED: 11:46 06 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:46 06 August 2013

The tweet that sparked the backlash from cyclists across the web.

The tweet that sparked the backlash from cyclists across the web.


A Bromley driver became embroiled in a Twitter storm on Saturday after claiming she ran over a cyclist on purpose.

Daisy Abela posted the comment on the social network site shortly before 10am after reportedly driving her friend to work.

She said: “Just had a full on barney with a cyclist he started banging on my roof so I purposely run him over LOL see yaaaaa”.

This was then followed by a number of tweets suggesting Miss Abela was drunk at the time and lost a wing mirror in the collision.

She added: “I was definitely still drunk! If there’s anything I hate in this world it’s f****** cyclists.

“I didn’t kill the poor f*****. I knocked him off his bike but still managed to continue my journey with 1 wing mirror lol.”

Her tweets sparked a backlash from cyclists across the internet. who branded her an ‘anti-cyclist moron’. However, Miss Abela yesterday said her comments were a joke and that the incident had been “terribly exaggerated”.

Taking to Twitter once again, she explained: “I would like to start off firstly by apologising for any offence I may have caused other cyclists with my tweets on Saturday.

“I did not intend to upset anybody. Truth is I was joking with a friend, I thought it was a conversation between two people.

“This was investigated by the Metrolpolitan Police and has been resolved. But for piece of mind I’d like to explain myself.

“On Saturday morning at around 9am I was driving behind a group of cyclists riding 3 a breast when I attempted to overtake at a clear point.

“As I did so, a fourth cyclist also tried to get ahead of the others leading to a near collision.

“I then shouted out of my open window “you’re going to cause a crash riding like that” to which I received angry shrieks of abuse.

“I continued driving at around 10mph (approaching traffic) when the said cyclist caught up with me. He began hammering on my roof and spitting at me as he shouted through my window ‘what’s your f****** problem with cyclists?’

“I do not have a problem with cyclists, my issue was with the dangerous way he was cycling. We exchanged words whilst near enough stationary.

“Then there was a brief collision in which nobody was hurt. Not a “hit and run”. This could equally have been caused by him cycling into me.”

Miss Abela goes on to state no one was injured in the collision and the cyclist continued to shout abuse as he rode away.

The Met Police confirmed they interviewed a woman in connection with the incident yesterday, but confirmed they have received no complaints from the cyclists involved.

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