It was a strange case of road rage in which a bus driver deliberately swerved his vehicle to knock down a cyclist and it was all caught on a CCTV camera in Bristol, UK.
29 year old bus driver Gavin Hill reportedly got into an argument at traffic circle with 43 year old father of two Phillip Mead which prompted the bus driver to ram the cyclist, throwing him over the handlebars and onto the ground. While Phillip Mead suffered a broken leg and fractured wrist, Gavin Hill continued on his merry way like nothing happened.
The incident happened at 8:30 am on April 5, 2012. Phillip Mead reportedly tugged at the bus’ windscreen wiper which made the bus driver to want to retaliate. As a result, Phillip Mead spent 2 weeks in a hospital and 6 weeks in plaster. His left leg is now held together by a 25 cm long metal plate and his wrist bones by bolts.
A bus driver for ten years, Gavin Hill was jailed for 17 months at Bristol Crown Court after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm. He described the incident as a “moment of madness”. Judge Mark Horton said “You used the bus as a weapon to bully and intimidate Mr Mead.” He was also fired by Bugler Coaches.
I understand giving the man the boot, but is it just me who thinks 17 months in jail is a bit harsh for this type of crime? Especially since Gavin Hill had a long history of safe driving? I find bullying and intimidation of random people by Muslim immigrants to Britain far more repulsive and sentence worthy than this. The driver acted after being provoked, Muslims picked on people who did nothing to them or anyone else.