An angry motorcyclist has been left with life-changing injuries after a bout of road rage led to a horror crash.
Terry Hammond admitted dangerous driving after his bike collided with a van, just seconds after he filmed himself racing alongside another vehicle to swear at the driver.
Miraculously the white van man who hit him escaped without serious injury, but Hammond was not so lucky, and sustained serious injuries as well as being banned from the roads.
The brief video released by police today shows Hammond, 43, putting his middle finger up a driver before being brutally wiped out by another van.
Hammond’s helmet-mounted camera recorded him confronting the van driver on a blind corner after he was cut up.
As he draws level to the window he ‘flips the bird’ and gesticulates angrily at the van – but suddenly glances back up the road.
He sees a white Mercedes van coming towards him, but is powerless to avoid the crash and drops his bike to the floor.
Hammond was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance, and suffered serious injuries in the wake of February 20’s collision on Church Road, Witham, in Essex.
Hammond, of Braintree, originally pleaded not guilty to driving a motor vehicle dangerously at Colchester Magistrates’ Court – but at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, July 5, he changed his plea to guilty.
He was given a three-month community order with a residence condition for three months, disqualified from driving for 12 months with an extended retest to be taken, and ordered to pay costs of £50.
The 39-year-old driver of the white van that originally overtook Hammond on his motorbike was contacted by officers and given a driver improvement scheme.
The 57-year-old man who was driving the van which collided with Hammond suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
Pc Allan Discombe, investigating officer from the Stanway Roads Policing Unit, said: “Altercations between motorists are unfortunately a common occurrence.