A PEDESTRIAN who raised her hand to an elderly cyclist on the pavement before she was killed by an oncoming car has been jailed.
Auriol Grey, 49, gestured in a "hostile and aggressive" way to Celia Ward and told her to "get off the f***ing pavement".
Shocking footage then showed the 77-year-old veering into the road where she was hit by a car.
Tragically Celia couldn't be saved and was declared dead at the scene.
Grey has now been jailed for three years after she was convicted of manslaughter at Peterborough Crown Court.
Sentencing, Judge Sean Enright said she was "territorial about the pavement" and "resented" the cyclist being there.
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The court was told Grey has cerebral palsy and was partially sighted but the judge told her: "These actions are not explained by disability."
Judge Enright also slammed her "dishonest account in [police] interview" and said there was "not a word about remorse until today".
Celia's husband of 53 years David said "rarely a day goes by without thinking of her" in a victim impact statement.
The two women were passing each other on the street in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, in October 2020 when the horror unfolded.
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Grey could be seen raising her hand as Celia cycled towards her on the pavement.
The retired midwife then loses her balance and staggers into the road in the path of an oncoming car.
Shockingly, Grey then fled on foot to Sainsbury's to buy her shopping as paramedics were scrambled to the scene.
Grey claimed she felt "anxious" as the bike was travelling "fast" in the middle of the pavement.
She also suggested she could have lifted her hand "unintentionally" as Celia cycled towards her.
Although it is illegal to cycle on the pavement, the court was told police could not "categorically" state whether the street was a shared cycleway.
Det Sgt Mark Dollard, who interviewed Grey, said: "This is a difficult and tragic case.
"Everyone will have their own views on cyclists, pavements and cycleways but what is clear is Auriol Grey's response to the presence of Celia on a pedal cycle was totally disproportionate and ultimately found to be unlawful, resulting in Celia's untimely and needless death.
"I am pleased with the verdict and hope it is a stark reminder to all road users to take care and be considerate to each other.
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"I want to take the time to acknowledge Celia's family and thank them for their patience and dignity throughout the entirety of the investigation and trial."
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