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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria takes field sprint in Messina as Quick-Step Floors monopolizes podium; Démare bounces back to win stage two of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Knee surgery means Alaphilippe will miss 2017 Tour de France; Bennett third, but gains ‘so much confidence’; Race leader Jungels looks ahead after first day in pink; Fahlin and strong Wiggle High5 lineup psyched for Amgen Tour of California; Three year jail sentence for pregnant motorist who rammed cyclist into a tree; Lilian Calmejane: French cycling’s next big thing; Brian Cookson: ‘Professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit’; Video: André Greipel – a portrait of the Gorilla; Video: A catch-up with Laurens Ten Dam after his crash on Giro d’Italia stage 4; Video: This is the life of Team Sunweb’s mechanics at the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 4 post-race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 pre-race

Three year jail sentence for pregnant motorist who rammed cyclist into a tree

by Shane Stokes

A moment of road rage in February 2016 has led to a prison sentence for British motorist Justine Henshaw-Bryan, who was given a three year jail term for deliberately colliding with a cycle courier.

On February 10 last year courier Damien Doughty saw Henshaw-Bryan use a mobile phone while at the wheel, admonishing her after she pulled out of a side road in front of him. The court heard that she gave the rider the finger and told him to f** off. Doughty kicked the wing mirror of the car and rode off, but was chased by 25-year-old Henshaw-Bryan.

“Quite quickly, I realised the car was chasing me. It was getting very, very close,” he told the Wood Green Crown Court. “Realising how close the car was, really feeling like it was going to knock me off, I took a sharp left. I was going 20, maybe slightly more. I thought the car wouldn’t be able to get round that corner at the same rate to catch me.”

However CCTV footage showed the car swerving and colliding with the rider, causing him to hit a tree. He suffered a broken hand, punctured lung, and severe laceration to his liver, necessitating a break from work and a crowdfunding campaign to pay his rent.

Ms Henshaw-Bryan drove off, leaving Doughty injured. She was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. As a result she was sentenced to three years in prison. She is pregnant and will give birth during her sentence.

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