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U.K. Bus Driver Jailed After Shock Video Shows Him Ramming Cyclist

"You used the bus as a weapon.."

A bus driver in the U.K. has been sentenced to 17 months in jail for running down a bicyclist and intentionally ramming him last April.

The moment was all captured on video. It shows driver Gavin Hill, 29, swerving into cyclist Phillip Mead. The two had apparently gotten into and argument while driving down the road.


Mead was sent flying as a result of the incident and suffered a broken leg and fractured wrist:

Judge Mark Horton had some stern words for Hill: "You used the bus as a weapon to bully and intimidate Mr Mead."

The Daily Mail recounts what led up to the incident:

The court heard how Hill got into a heated exchange with Mr Mead at the St James Barton roundabout in central Bristol at 8.30am on April 5 last year.

Mr Mead is said to have tugged at one of the bus's windscreen wipers before they both moved away from a set of traffic lights.

In past interviews, the Daily Mail adds, Mead tried to give Hill the benefit of the doubt:

'I think he meant to brush against me and give me a fright.

'I don't think he set out to break my bones, or at least I like to think not. I remember losing my balance and rolling over a couple of times.

'I tried to stand up and could see that my bike was under the bus between the front and back wheels.

'It doesn't matter to me what sentence he gets, it won't change what has already happened.For me what is important is that he has acknowledged what he did.'

As for Hill, a 10-year bus veteran, he called it a "moment of madness."
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