A mum-of-six who used her Audi 4×4 as a ‘weapon’ to ram into a cyclist before crashing into a beauty salon was jailed for three years today.
Natalie Pyne, 31, from Kingston, had five of her children in the Audi Q7 with her when she tried to run down Simon Edgeley – who has autism – in a road rage incident.
The incident transpired after an argument with the cyclist. Angered by the confrontation, she sped after him, knocking him off his bike before ploughing into the front of Park Salon.
She has now been convicted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving and causing criminal damage.
When sentencing, Judge Susan Tapping, said: “You deliberately used your car as a weapon, and used it to drive at a cyclist riding on the pavement.” Adding it was ‘good luck’ she managed not to seriously injure Mr Edgeley.
Fortunately, Mr Edgeley escaped with only minor injuries despite his completely mangled bike.
Reacting to the sentencing, he said:
I don’t want a mother of six going to prison, because that’s on my conscience. Since the accident, I can’t go out on my own. If a big vehicle comes near me I shout and shudder and react. I did get back on my bike initially, but a year later I can’t get back on.
After the hearing, he added that it had been a ‘horrible’ experience to sit through the sentencing and hear Pyne’s mum crying.