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Pregnant Driver Says Kicking Fetus Caused Her to Hit Cyclist



                          

 

A pregnant woman claims she crashed into a cyclist after kicks from her unborn baby distracted her.

Rebecca Knowles-Dixon, 28, told a court that a series of painful pokes in the ribs were enough to make her lose control of her Peugeot.

The festival worker said: “I was heavily pregnant at the time when the baby kicked me in the ribs several times and very hard.

"This made me flinch and caused me to have a momentary lapse in concentration. I could not have predicted what happened.

“It’s never happened to me before – it was quite painful.”

Knowles-Dixon was driving down a hill on a country lane when the crash happened. She claims that she  

was wincing in pain and blinded by glare on her windscreen, when she swerved into a hedge and bounced off into the cyclist.

Graham Walden, 74, who was out riding with his wife, was airlifted to hospital with serious head and chest injuries after being thrown from his bike. He survived and is resting at home.

Torquay magistrates heard that Knowles-Dixon was doing 20mph near her home in Ashburton, Devon, in September when the accident happened.

She was fined £150 after she admitted driving without due care and has since had her baby.

​Officials said, additional pain from her nose piercing was ruled out as a contributing factor in the  accident.  :huh: 

 


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