Taxi driver gets 18-month suspended prison sentence for bus lane explosion in which he deliberately rammed a cyclist and knocked him down
Shocking video of the incident shows Dermot Reynolds deliberately walking into the victim as he cycled to work on the North Strand road at 6am on September 20, 2018.
Reynolds (51) of Moatfield Avenue, Coolock, Dublin, avoided jail after being sentenced last week to 18 months for endangerment by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
He said he didn’t want to comment on the case when we spoke to him at his home.
“Even if I tell you something now…I don’t really want to say it.” The stuff that was reported, I never told anyone and there was stuff in the paper. I didn’t speak to anyone and there were still things in the diary,” he said, referring to court reports about his conviction.
“If I tell you stuff now, it’s okay [be in the paper]. I don’t want to tell you anything. I’m not trying to be rude.
When asked if he wanted to apologise, he replied: “It’s all been said before. It’s already in the paper.
He then said he didn’t want to say anything else on the record.
Video of the incident uploaded by the cyclist shows him riding his bike in the bus lane before Reynolds came up behind him and flashed his headlights.
The cyclist said he told Reynolds not to chase him and to ride in another clear lane beside them. He claimed Reynolds gave him for driving “middle of the road”.
The two can be heard arguing before Reynolds passes the cyclist, then cuts past him and locks the brakes.
The cyclist, who tells Reynolds he has a camera, managed to brake in time and avoid a collision.
After riding a short distance, Reynolds then cuts a second time and swerves his car towards the cyclist, knocking him off his bike.
The cyclist shouts “hit and run” and asks Reynolds to stop but the taxi driver continues driving.
The cyclist catches up with Reynolds at the traffic lights and says the video goes to gardaí.
Reynolds responds, “It was an accident.”
The cyclist replies: “An accident, you cut me, you fucking moron”.
Reynolds went to gardaí following the Dublin incident and told them a cyclist had verbally attacked him and taken his car, resulting in a collision.
However, Reynolds’ version of events was easily refuted by the victim who drove separately to gardaí and showed them bike camera footage of the taxi driver deliberately veering towards him twice, knocking him off his bike on the second attempt.
Reynolds pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of endangerment at North Strand Road on September 20, 2018. He has two minor convictions for traffic offences.
Garda Stephen Emmett told the courtthat the cyclist was travelingworking just after 6 a.m. on the day in question when Reynolds came up behind him in the bus lane and there was a verbal exchange.
He then testified to what was shown in the video.
Sentencing him this week, Judge Martin Nolan said it was “reprehensible to put someone in danger in this way”. However, considering a number of mitigating factors, he ruled that Reynolds did not deserve a custodial sentence.
He handed down an 18-month sentence and suspended it on several conditions, including that Reynolds pay his victim €2,000 within six months. The judge said if the victim did not wish to receive the money, it should go to a charity
The court was told that Reyonolds was currently working for a courier company.
His taxi was in front of his house when the Sunday worldcalled this week and he is still a licensed taxi driver.