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Accident driver was no old lady

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

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THE driver of a car who crashed after swerving to avoid a cyclist with no lights was bemused to see himself described as an elderly lady in a report in last week's Gazette.

Paul King, 25, from Uffculme, came off the Uffculme Straight on the evening of Thursday, November 1.

His mother, Teresa King, 46, was rescued from the BMW after it crashed through a hedge which runs alongside the B3340.

Mr King's girlfriend, Gemma Leicester, 21, was travelling in the back seat.

Neither he or Miss Leicester were injured in the accident, which led to the road being closed by police for around 45 minutes.

At the time police described the driver as an "elderly woman".

Mrs King, who was treated for whiplash and back pain after the incident, said: "We were on our way home, the road was pitch black and this cyclist seemed to come from nowhere. Paul swerved to avoid him and ended up going through the hedge.

"We were very shaken up but the ambulance staff and police were wonderful.

"Fortunately my son did see the funny side of being described as an elderly lady."

She said the cyclist who caused the crash cycled off without stopping.

After the accident police urged bicycle users to ensure they had functional lights when travelling in low light or after dark.

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