Warney being sued by cyclist

Spin king Shane Warne is being sued over this month’s road-rage incident with a Melbourne cyclist.

The bike rider involved in the altercation has been revealed as web designer Mathew Hollingsworth, 28.

Mr Hollingsworth has engaged prominent lawyer George Defteros and is launching a civil claim in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The damage bill for Mr Hollingsworth’s hi-tech bicycle came to $1575.

He is also suing for damages, interest and costs.

Mr Hollingsworth alleges Warne drove into him after a robust exchange of words in peak-hour traffic on the evening of January 17.

In a statutory declaration, Mr Hollingsworth says the cricket legend “lurched his car forward striking me on the right side of my right leg and my rear wheel” in the incident near Toorak Rd.

“I could hear pedestrian witnesses yelling, ‘Get his rego’, and some yelled out what sounded like a registration number,” he says.

“Once I was on the footpath, a young brunette woman in business clothing approached me offering assistance and asked, ‘Are you OK? Are you going to follow it up? I have the rego’, as she held her phone. I said, ‘No, it should be OK. It was Shane Warne’. She seemed as surprised as me.”

Warne has denied any wrongdoing, saying Mr Hollingsworth slapped his bonnet, stopped in front of him and refused to move.

“He was lucky I was polite and careful after smacking my car twice,” Warne said.

“I do not hate cyclists . . . bike riders, please obey the road laws and stop antagonising car drivers.”

Warne is calling for cyclists to have compulsory registration plates so they are accountable if they flout the road rules.

Mr Defteros said last night: “Cyclists’ rights need to be adhered to at all times. The Government is pushing for more bike riders to be on the road, and therefore their rights must be protected.”

by John Jackson

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