Pregnant woman found guilty of road rage attack on cycle courier
A shocking CCTV video showing a cyclist involved in a road rage hit-and-run by a car has gone viral.
The incident took place in Stoke Newington, North London, after a spat between the driver and cyclist erupted and put the rider in intensive care.
Three-months-pregnant Justine Henshaw-Bryan, who was at the wheel, deliberately swerved into the biker in an apparent road rage attack.
Henshaw-Bryan, 25, was confronted after the cyclist, 38-year-old Damien Doughty, saw her using her mobile phone while at the wheel.
When she swore at him, Doughty kicked her wing-mirror in anger before cycling off.
She then accelerated before swerving her Ford Fiesta into Doughty - sending him flying into a tree - and driving off. Doughty was left seriously injured with a lacerated liver and fractured ribs, which put him into intensive care after the incident in February 2016.
Speaking in court, Doughty said: "I remember the car rear-ending me, kind of letting out a scream and realising what was happening.
"I crumbled into a heap on the floor, and I am in extreme amounts of pain, the most pain I have ever felt in my life. I couldn't breathe."
Freelance courier Doughty was forced to set up a crowdfunding page, as he was unable to pay his rent while recovering. It helped raise over £3,000.
Henshaw-Bryan, from Hackney, was led down into the cells after being found guilty yesterday at Woodford Green Crown Court, North London, of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. She will be sentenced tomorrow, but faces up to five years in prison and a minimum of two years banned from driving.
Henshaw-Bryan denied the charge, claiming that it was her then-boyfriend Aaron Hall the owner of the car, who caused the accident as he reached across and turned the steering wheel into Doughty. Hall was not charged with anything.
By Aidan Rennie-Jones