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Cycling dad killed in crash as drivers raced after row, court told

PUBLISHED: 11:27 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

A 51-YEAR-OLD banker was mown down and killed just yards from his home after rivals in two powerful vehicles played out their grievances on a road, a court heard.  Father-of-two Graham Thwaites was riding his bicycle in Leesons Hill, at the Junction wit

A 51-YEAR-OLD banker was mown down and killed just yards from his home after rivals in two powerful vehicles 'played out their grievances' on a road, a court heard.

Father-of-two Graham Thwaites was riding his bicycle in Leesons Hill, at the Junction with Highfield Road, Orpington, when Andrew Carlisle, 35, of Horning Close, Mottingham, lost control of his Mitsubishi Shogun at 60mph, it was claimed.

Carlisle was 'jostling' with four rivals in a Vauxhall Vectra along a stretch of road just seconds before the smash, the Old Bailey heard on Tuesday.

George Webb, 27 of Montbretia Close, Orpington, his cousin Shane, 24, of Osbourne Road, Dartford, David Cook, 24, of Saltwood Close, Orpington and William Dennard, 24, of Ridgeway, Dartford, were pursuing Carlisle after a row about the price of a dog on the night of September 18, 2008.

As he had done for the past 15 years, Mr Thwaites, who worked for Lloyds TSB in central London, took the train back from the city to Petts Wood and jumped on his bicycle for the short journey home to his wife Hazel and two children. He was hit from behind on the short cycle home from Petts Wood station, the jury was told.

He hit the windscreen of Carlisle's Mitsubishi Shogun, bounced off the roof and collapsed against a garden wall.

This impact caused catastrophic injuries that were not survivable despite expert medical attention and Mr Thwaites died the same night.

The five occupants of both cars deny manslaughter and an alternative charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood told jurors: "These five men played out their

grievances between themselves on the public highway in two powerful vehicles.

"They jostled for position in the road. They paid no heed to other users on the road. They were interested only in their own

immediate purpose."

Carlisle later told police of a long-standing 'animosity' with the other four defendants about the price of a Rottweiler dog.

The trial continues.

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