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Police video shows why we shouldn't get distracted by disputes on the road

Rider crashes while gesturing at van driver

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Submitted by Visordown on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:22


ESSEX police have released this helmet camera footage of the moment a motorcyclist collided with a van while gesturing at a driver.

Rider Terry Hammond, 43, has been sentenced for dangerous driving after pleading guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 5.

He received ‘life changing injuries’ in the crash, according to the force.

Hammond was riding his black Yamaha on Church Road in Witham, Essex, on February 20 this year when he was overtaken by a white van leaving little space for the motorcyclist.

Hammond then caught up with the van and gestured at the driver through the window while riding on the wrong side of the road.

But in doing so, Hammond failed to spot a white Mercedes van coming in the opposite direction, and struck it head-on. He was flown to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance.

The 57-year-old man driving the Mercedes van suffered minor injuries not requiring hospital treatment.

Hammond originally pleaded not guilty at Colchester Magistrates’ Court before changing his plea.

He was given a three-month community order with a residence condition for three months. He was also banned from driving for 12 months with an extended retest to be taken, and ordered to pay £50 costs.

The 39-year-old driver who overtook Hammond was contacted by officers and given a driver improvement scheme.

Investigating officer Pc Allan Discombe: “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.

“If you have dash cam footage of the incident please email this to We can then investigate the claims further and take any necessary action.”

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