Road-raging motorcyclist gets hit by oncoming van


A motorcyclist, who was seriously injured in a head-on collision, ended up getting banned for dangerous driving.

The incident in Witham, Essex, on February 20 – which was captured on his GoPro helmet camera – saw Terry Hammond, 43, get cut up by a white van then drive after it to berate the driver through the window.

Hammond caught up with the Fiat Doblo on a blind bend in Church Road – driving on the wrong side – failed to see another van coming the other way, which hit him head-on at high speed, causing life-altering injuries.

The Yamaha rider was flown from the scene by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, while the 57-year-old Mercedes van driver suffered minor injuries.

After originally pleading not guilty at Colchester Magistrates' Court, Hammond of Boscawen Gardens, Braintree, changed his plea to guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 5, where he was banned from driving for 12 months, given a three-month community order with residence conditions, ordered to have an extended retest and pay costs of £50.

The 34-year-old van driver who overtook Hammond was contacted by police and sent on a driver improvement course.

The investigating officer, PC Allan Discombe of 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."