A pair who were locked in a road rage row while driving at up to 70mph killed a cyclist who was thrown 40 metres in the air.Yesterday, a jury found Da
A pair who were locked in a road rage row while driving at up to 70mph killed a cyclist who was thrown 40 metres in the air.
Yesterday, a jury found David Ferry and Paige Robinson guilty of causing the death of cyclist Graham Pattison by their dangerous driving.
A unanimous verdict was reached within three hours at Teesside Crown Court.
Robinson, 24, sobbed and Ferry, 47, didn’t react as Judge Jonathan Carroll told them: ‘A custodial sentence is inevitable. The only question is how long that will be.
‘Be under no illusions, whatsoever, make arrangements between now and June 1 that are necessary before you go to prison.’
Paige Robinson, 24, was found guilty of causing the death of cyclist Graham Pattison by dangerous driving. Her Ford Fiesta collided with Graham Pattison’s back wheel
Graham Pattison, a father-of-two, was cycling from Sedgefield to Wynyard on the A689, around 4pm on July 24, 2020 when he was hit by a car travelling close to 70 mph.
Mr Pattison, 49, was propelled 40metres into the air after Robinson’s Ford Fiesta collided with his back wheel.
His injuries were catastrophic and he was pronounced dead a short while later.
Robinson immediately told witnesses, who stopped to help Mr Pattison, that a black Audi had swerved left towards her, causing her to serve away to avoid a crash.
She said she didn’t see Mr Pattison cycling close to the edge of the road.
The court heard that it was a bright, dry day and Mr Pattison was wearing a red and white striped top, a cycling helmet and had a flashing red light attached to his bike.
David Ferry, who had been driving a black Audi TT sports coupe side-by-side with Robinson, in the moments before the crash — simply drove on.
Ferry, an ex-Army officer, told police that he hadn’t see the cyclist or the crash and that he ‘wanted to get home’ to Redcar.
David Ferry, 47, was also found guilty of causing the death of cyclist Graham Pattison by dangerous driving
But Ferry and Robinson had spent a six-mile stretch of the A689, leading up to the crash, engaged in a road rage row.
Ferry claimed Robinson cut in front of him twice, after coming off the A1 at junction 60 and turning left onto the Hartlepool Road.
Robinson claims that Ferry started gesticulating and swearing, and pointing at her to pull over.
The two blamed each other for causing the fatal road crash throughout the trial. Ferry told the jury that Robinson began tailgating him along the A689.
Graham Pattison suffered unsurvivable injuries when the rear tyre of his racing bike was clipped on the A689 in County Durham in July 2020
The former army engineer said that she was ‘aggressively harassing’ him and that her boyfriend opened his window and was shouting, before he stuck two fingers up at Ferry.
Robinson claimed that Ferry was the one who was angry and that he repeatedly slammed on his brakes and sped away; leaving her in fear of going into the back of him.
She told the jury that she pulled into the ‘slow lane’ to get away from him, but that he then began to drive side-by-side with her, before swerving towards her.
Witnesses told the court that they saw Robinson’s white Ford Fiesta ‘wobble’ before hitting Mr Pattison.
Witnesses told the court that they saw Robinson’s (pictured) white Ford Fiesta ‘wobble’ before hitting Mr Pattison on his bicycle
A lorry driver who was travelling in the opposite direction, said he heard a loud bang and ‘saw a cyclist travelling through the air’.
Trevor Smith was driving behind Robinson with his children and wife in his VW Touareg.
He told the court: ‘The white car was quite close to the black car – they were side by side.
‘They seemed to be matching each other. The white car swerved to the left and it was a ‘speed wobble’ as if she was trying to get the car under control. The brake lights went on at that point.
‘There was a cyclist in front of the white car.
‘I can remember saying to my wife – “he’s going to get hit”.
‘I was referring to the cyclist. I was braking very hard; I was worried the cyclist might land in front of my car.’
Robinson, of Geranium Close in Billingham, and Ferry, of Granville Terrace in Redcar were granted bail with the condition that they co-operation with the probation service, who will compile pre-sentence reports.
The pair will be back in court on June 1 to be sentenced.
The family of Mr Pattison released a statement after the guilty verdict came in.
They said: ‘Graham was a kind, funny, amazing person and our world was a brighter place simply because he was in it.
‘He was a loving husband, dad, son and brother, taken from us all far too soon as a direct result of dangerous driving.
‘We feel no sense of victory from the verdict yesterday – we are the losers.
‘We lost on the 24th July 2020 and nothing decided in court can change the fact that we have to continue without him for the rest of our lives.
The family of Mr Pattison released a new image of him today, along with a statement reacting to the guilty verdict. In it, they said Ferry and Robinson’s actions had ‘devastating’ consequences
‘We take some comfort from knowing that justice has been done and we hope this verdict sends a message to any driver who acts without regard for other road users.
‘Decisions made in the heat of the moment while behind the wheel can have devastating consequences for so many people as we know only too well.
‘We would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation and the prosecution for their hard work and support throughout this difficult time. Thank you.’
Police Sergeant Catherine Iley from the Serious and Fatal Collision Unit welcomed the result.
‘The offenders blamed each other for the collision which took Mr Pattison’s life but as the Court heard their actions had catastrophic consequences,’ she said.
‘Myself and my team would like to thank all those involved in assisting at the scene, in what the Court heard were extremely harrowing circumstances.
‘Mr Pattison was a beloved husband, father and son and our thoughts are with his family and friends.’