Driver spotted air drumming before hitting motorcyclist on Dartford Crossing gets three month ban

Driver spotted air drumming before hitting motorcyclist on Dartford Crossing gets three month ban

Jon Brydon was spotted air drumming in his van before hitting the motorcyclist.

The incident happened on the Dartford Crossing in July.

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A driver spotted air drumming in his van moments before seriously injuring a motorcyclist on the Dartford Crossing has been banned from driving for three months.

According to a witness Jon Brydon, 45, had both hands off the steering wheel and appeared to be "furiously playing drums" as he approached the QEII Bridge at around 4.55pm on July 8.

Once on the bridge a short time later Brydon’s Volkswagen Caddy van moved from lane two to three before swerving across into lane four.

The vehicle then hit a motorcycle driven by Christopher Williams who was thrown into the barrier at the side of the bridge.

He was airlifted to hospital suffering from a separated left shoulder, sprained ribs, tendon damage to his ankle and bruising to his pelvis, groin and thigh.

Mr Williams’ injuries mean he can no longer ride a motorbike and, as of November, was still taking painkillers for his shoulder and thigh.

Having pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing on December 9, Brydon, of Clerks Croft in Redhill, Surrey, changed his plea to guilty on Friday at what would have been the start of a two day trial for driving without due care and attention.

Defending him at Southend Magistrates’ Court, Coral Fitzgerald said: "Mr Brydon doesn’t accept he was air drumming or that his attention was taken away from his driving.

"I would like to say I completely understand why Mr Brydon has struggled to accept responsibility.

"You do not have to do much wrong to be guilty of this offence.

"The traffic across the bridge was going incredibly slowly that day.

"The reason Mr Brydon has entered his guilty plea is he accepts there is a weight of evidence against him."

Brydon, who owns the H20 Aquatics shop in Brentwood, Essex, escaped a driving ban at a hearing on April 5, 2012, despite racking up 12 points on his licence for two offences of failing to identify the driver.

His plea of exceptional hardship was accepted because of the difficulties of running his business without being able to drive.

But this time head magistrate Anne Wade handed Brydon a three month ban for his "poor standard of driving" and ordered him to pay a £500 fine, £300 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Speaking to News Shopper afterwards, Brydon branded the air drumming claim "bulls***" and claimed he wasn’t even listening to music at the time of the incident.

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5:36pm Mon 17 Mar 14

madras says...

"You do not have to do much wrong to be guilty of this offence"
- well, from the report he drove across two lanes and hit a motorcyclist - so if that's 'not doing much wrong', then I guess so

"The reason Mr Brydon has entered his guilty plea is he accepts there is a weight of evidence against him."
- and so presumably more than implying that he was, indeed, 'guilty' - although from this I take it he wouldn't have admitted it if he thought he could get away with it

Or am I misinterpreting these statements?
"You do not have to do much wrong to be guilty of this offence" - well, from the report he drove across two lanes and hit a motorcyclist - so if that's 'not doing much wrong', then I guess so "The reason Mr Brydon has entered his guilty plea is he accepts there is a weight of evidence against him." - and so presumably more than implying that he was, indeed, 'guilty' - although from this I take it he wouldn't have admitted it if he thought he could get away with it Or am I misinterpreting these statements? madras
  • Score: 5

6:40pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Marty1979 says...

madras wrote:
"You do not have to do much wrong to be guilty of this offence"
- well, from the report he drove across two lanes and hit a motorcyclist - so if that's 'not doing much wrong', then I guess so

"The reason Mr Brydon has entered his guilty plea is he accepts there is a weight of evidence against him."
- and so presumably more than implying that he was, indeed, 'guilty' - although from this I take it he wouldn't have admitted it if he thought he could get away with it

Or am I misinterpreting these statements?
Sounds (sorry) about right
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: "You do not have to do much wrong to be guilty of this offence" - well, from the report he drove across two lanes and hit a motorcyclist - so if that's 'not doing much wrong', then I guess so "The reason Mr Brydon has entered his guilty plea is he accepts there is a weight of evidence against him." - and so presumably more than implying that he was, indeed, 'guilty' - although from this I take it he wouldn't have admitted it if he thought he could get away with it Or am I misinterpreting these statements?[/p][/quote]Sounds (sorry) about right Marty1979
  • Score: 6

8:31pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Dr. Nick says...

Quote: "Speaking to News Shopper afterwards, Brydon branded the air drumming claim "bulls***" and claimed he wasn’t even listening to music at the time of the incident."

So just 'Air-Drumming' to the 'Air' in his head then. He should not be allowed to drive ever again, in my opinion, if he can't even take the responsibility of driving seriously. He should also write a letter of apology to Mr Williams and his family.

Hope Mr Williams makes a steady improvement over time.
Quote: "Speaking to News Shopper afterwards, Brydon branded the air drumming claim "bulls***" and claimed he wasn’t even listening to music at the time of the incident." So just 'Air-Drumming' to the 'Air' in his head then. He should not be allowed to drive ever again, in my opinion, if he can't even take the responsibility of driving seriously. He should also write a letter of apology to Mr Williams and his family. Hope Mr Williams makes a steady improvement over time. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -7

8:25am Tue 18 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship!
This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship! PaulErith
  • Score: 8

9:32am Tue 18 Mar 14

Dr. Nick says...

PaulErith wrote:
This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship!
Here, here.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship![/p][/quote]Here, here. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -14

9:32am Tue 18 Mar 14

Dr. Nick says...

PaulErith wrote:
This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship!
Hear, hear.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship![/p][/quote]Hear, hear. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -12

10:15am Tue 18 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Hear hear x2

( that's to save posting twice like wot Dr Nick did OK )

THAnK yoU
Hear hear x2 ( that's to save posting twice like wot Dr Nick did OK ) THAnK yoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -12

11:16am Tue 18 Mar 14

Dr. Nick says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Hear hear x2

( that's to save posting twice like wot Dr Nick did OK )

THAnK yoU
Nah, mine was an autocorrect FAIL! and so re-posted :) lol
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Hear hear x2 ( that's to save posting twice like wot Dr Nick did OK ) THAnK yoU[/p][/quote]Nah, mine was an autocorrect FAIL! and so re-posted :) lol Dr. Nick
  • Score: -13

4:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

j.j. says...

PaulErith wrote:
This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship!
Spot on.

Anyone who has been involved in court cases know that barristers routinely come up with this kind of stock excuses to help their clients. Unfortunately, our legal system allows them to play this game.

The £50 victim surcharge is also a joke. This might have been proportionate to the pain and hassle of the victim in 1914 - an adjustment for inflation is long overdue.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: This whole "exceptional hardship" thing is a complete load of cr@p. If losing your license was going to cause such an issue in your life, then you would drive very carefully and wouldn't wrack up 12 points. If you choose to drive like an idiot, then you should accept the consequences and have to put up with the hardship![/p][/quote]Spot on. Anyone who has been involved in court cases know that barristers routinely come up with this kind of stock excuses to help their clients. Unfortunately, our legal system allows them to play this game. The £50 victim surcharge is also a joke. This might have been proportionate to the pain and hassle of the victim in 1914 - an adjustment for inflation is long overdue. j.j.
  • Score: 1

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