Enraged cyclist picked up his bike and smashed Bristol woman's windscreen
A WOMAN driving alone in Bristol was subjected to a terrifying attack when an enraged cyclist picked up his bike and smashed it into her windscreen.
Rea Powell's car was damaged in the attack, in which the man picked up his bike and threw it at her Renault twice.
Police are now investigating the attack on the mother-of-one, who says she has no idea why the man lashed out at her.
Mrs Powell, 43, was stationary at the time in a traffic jam. The incident happened on Tuesday morning at about 8am, when Mrs Powell, of Bradley Stoke, was in her Renault Megane Scenic driving to Filton.
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She had been in a long queue of traffic in Orpheus Avenue, Bradley Stoke, approaching a roundabout when she says the cyclist cut across the roundabout without giving way to other traffic.
When she crossed the roundabout and was in heavy traffic on the other side, he was between her stationary car and the pavement, and she said he cycled in front of her to try to cycle up the middle of the road.
But he fell off, and when Mrs Powell got out of her car to see if he was OK, she says he started shouting at her.
Mrs Powell said: "I didn't say anything to him, and we hadn't had any angry glances or words up to that stage.
"But he just started verbally abusing me, effing and blinding.
"I had done nothing to him, and even if for some reason he thought I had, nothing justifies what he did.
"He picked up his bike, lifted it above his head and threw it down on my car twice."
Mrs Powell watched in shock as the scene unfolded in front of her, and then the man cycled away.
She has been left with a cracked windscreen, smashed front headlight and damaged bumper.
"It was inhumane," she said. "You just can't do these things."
Although Mrs Powell spoke to a woman in the car behind she was too shocked to think to take her details, and is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
When she got back in her car to keep driving, she says she caught up with the man, who was "looking sheepish" but she did not confront him.
She called the police and was advised that if she saw the man again she should take his photo.
Wayne Baker, spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We would appeal for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Filton police station on 0845 456 7000."