A man has been sentenced following a road rage incident on the A244 in Shepperton last June.
Gary Wilson, 32, of Hawthorne Way, Shepperton, appeared in court for sentencing on Friday, 5 July, after a road rage incident in which a motorcyclist suffered severe injuries.
At around 10.15am on 10 June 2018, Wilson and the rider of a white Yamaha motorcycle were driving along the A244 Upper Halliford Road, before the bike filtered through traffic at a red light, stopping in front of Wilson’s red Audi A3.
Witnesses recalled that Wilson revved his engine aggressively, and accelerated behind the motorcycle as the lights changed.
At the next set of lights, Wilson changed lanes in front of the motorcycle, causing the rider to brake suddenly.
The rider reports that Wilson wound down his window, challenging him and making threats.
Worried for his safety, the rider accelerated away, before being struck by the Audi from the offside which caused him to collide with a kerb and be thrown from the bike.
Wilson failed to stop at the scene of the collision.
Investigating officer, PC Ian Madelin, of the Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, said:
“This was a frightening experience for the victim, who was off work for six months receiving treatment for a fractured collarbone, cuts and bruising.
“He wishes to thank all those who helped him at the scene, giving first aid and support, and particularly the witnesses who came forward.
“We are pleased that Wilson has been given a custodial sentence, as it demonstrates the seriousness of this matter.”
Appearing at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, Wilson was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and was given a seven-year custodial sentence, of which he must serve at least half, and will serve the remainder on licence.
He will also be disqualified from driving for four years upon release.
Gov.uk Statistics on reported road casualties in Great Britain for the year ending June 2018 shows, there were: 1,770 reported road deaths, 26,610 people killed or seriously injured and 165,100 casualties of all severities, a decrease of 6% from the previous year.