Architect Richard Sheridan, car driver guilty of chasing and running over cyclist

Architect Richard Sheridan of 54 years age, drives with road rage in the city on Beaufort Street, witnessed road raging by other drivers prior to his threatening cyclists in the bus/cycle lane.

After the victim thumps the driver’s windshield with his fist, Richard Sheridan does a U-turn the wrong way up the one-way street, chases the cyclist with his red Mazda 3 sports hatch back, hits and runs over the cyclist, dragging him under the vehicle.

The incident occurs in front of the Curtin House WA Police Station, in front of 2 detectives on the footpath witnessing the incident, who help remove the car from atop the cyclist.

In sentencing, Magistrate Elizabeth Woods said she accepted Sheridan’s remorse and that he “didn’t intend to chase and run him over”.

Sheridan was handed a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for nine months, and his licence was disqualified for a year.
He was also fined $1,500 on top of the $6,000 he paid the cyclist for the damage to the bike.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-19/driver-who-knocked-over-cyclist-avoids-immediate-jail-term/6332726

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-17/bike-rage-incident-court-appearance/6325834

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-06/cyclists-hurt-in-three-separate-incidents/6002576

http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=81411

 

Driver who chased and knocked over cyclist in Perth avoids immediate jail term

By Irena Ceranic
Updated 19 Mar 2015, 2:14pm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-19/driver-who-knocked-over-cyclist-avoids-immediate-jail-term/6332726

Cyclist struck
PHOTO: Derek Holland was treated by ambulance officers after he was knocked off his bike. (Supplied: Mike Dann)
RELATED STORY: Cyclist struck: ‘It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me’RELATED STORY: Driver who knocked over cyclist mortified, court hears
MAP: Mount Lawley 6050
A 54-year-old driver who chased down and knocked over a cyclist on a Perth street has avoided an immediate jail term.

Perth architect Richard Sheridan ran a red light and crossed onto the wrong side of Beaufort Street in January and hit cyclist Derek Holland with his car.

Mr Holland was left with multiple fractures and grazes on his arms, legs and torso.

The incident started with a minor disagreement and escalated when the cyclist hit the driver’s windscreen causing it to crack.

This enraged Sheridan who then did a U-turn and accelerated heavily.

The impact of the crash buckled Mr Holland’s bike and he was dragged some distance underneath the car before it came to a stop.

Sheridan pleaded guilty to both reckless driving and an act or omission causing bodily harm.

His lawyer said his client was mortified about the uncharacteristic “overreaction”.

In sentencing, Magistrate Elizabeth Woods said she accepted Sheridan’s remorse and that he “didn’t intend to chase and run him over”.

But she warned that drivers needed to be respectful.

“People need to respect other road users,” she said.

“The contact was significant. The injuries fortunately for the cyclist were not as bad as they could have been.”

Ms Woods also cited references which described Sheridan as a “considerate person, who contributes to the community in a number of ways”.

Sheridan was handed a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for nine months, and his licence was disqualified for a year.

He was also fined $1,500 on top of the $6,000 he paid the cyclist for the damage to the bike.

Driver who chased down and knocked over cyclist on Perth street mortified, court told
By Courtney Bembridge
Updated 20 Mar 2015, 10:07am
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-17/bike-rage-incident-court-appearance/6325834

Cyclist struck
PHOTO: Derek Holland was knocked off his bike on Beaufort street in Perth. (Supplied: Mike Dann)
RELATED STORY: Driver pleads guilty to knocking down cyclist on Perth streetRELATED STORY: Cyclist struck: ‘It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me’
MAP: Perth 6000
The lawyer for a Perth driver who ran down a cyclist has told the Perth Magistrates Court his client is mortified about the uncharacteristic “overreaction”.

Richard Sheridan, 54, admitted crossing to the wrong side of Beaufort Street in January of this year and striking cyclist Derek Holland with his car.

The cyclist was left with multiple fractures and grazes on his arms, legs and torso.

The Perth Magistrates Court was told the early morning incident started with a minor disagreement and escalated when the cyclist hit the driver’s windscreen, causing it to crack.

I’m not a morning person either but I don’t go hitting people on bicycles.
Magistrate Elizabeth Woods
The court heard that “enraged” Sheridan, who spun his car around and accelerated heavily.

The impact of the crash buckled the victim’s bike and he was dragged some distance underneath the car before it came to a stop.

It happened outside the police complex on Beaufort Street, near the Roe Street intersection, and several police officers were on the scene in seconds.

They arrested Sheridan and he was charged with reckless driving and causing bodily harm.

Sheridan pleaded guilty to the charges last month and on Tuesday his lawyer Curt Hoffman said his client did a “profoundly stupid” thing and his “greatest error” was following the cyclist.

Mr Hoffman told the court Sheridan, who is an architect, does a lot of community work and is a former chair of homeless organisation Shelter WA.

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods described the incident as a “brain snap”, and cited a report provided to the court in which Sheridan said he was not a morning person.

“I’m not a morning person either but I don’t go hitting people on bicycles,” she said.

Sheridan is expected to be sentenced on Thursday.

The court heard he has already paid more than $6,000 to replace the victim’s bicycle.

Claim car crossed onto wrong side of road before ploughing into Perth cyclist

Updated 7 Jan 2015, 8:13am
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-06/cyclists-hurt-in-three-separate-incidents/6002576

Cyclist struck
PHOTO: Derek Holland was treated by ambulance officers at the scene. (Supplied: Mike Dann)
MAP: Perth 6000
A Perth cyclist claims a car crossed to the wrong side of the road before running him over, describing it as the “scariest thing” ever.

Derek Holland was riding with a mate near the city centre on Beaufort Street about 8:00am on Tuesday when he claimed a car cut him off.

He said he chased after the vehicle, catching up with it at the lights at the intersection of Roe and Beaufort streets, where he struck the car with his hand.

“[I] went up to the lights there basically to tell him ‘look, don’t cut cyclists off, it’s not right’,” Mr Holland said.

As Mr Holland was riding back down the street, towards the Court Hotel, he claimed the car did a u-turn and collided with him on the wrong side of the road.

Mr Holland walked away from the incident with miraculously few injuries, but said the experience was terrifying.

“It’s just not on,” he said.

Cyclist struck
PHOTO: Derek Holland was knocked off his bike on Beaufort street in Perth. (Supplied: Mike Dann)
“It’s very very lucky that I didn’t get more hurt than I have been today.

“It was probably the most scariest thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Fellow cyclist Mike Dann said he tried to warn his friend that the car was coming, but by the time he was heard it was too late.

“The whole thing was really really intense to witness,” Mr Dann said.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this or seen anything like this happen before.”

He said a police officer dragged the driver out of the car and arrested him.

A 54-year-old man from The Vines has been charged with reckless driving, and act or omission causing bodily harm.

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on February 3.

Cyclist struck
PHOTO: Derek Holland was helped at the scene. (Supplied: Mike Dann)
Call for drivers to change attitude

WA Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Antich said the incident highlighted the issue of road rage, and hatred “taking hold of our streets”.

“We see far too much of this and there’s a need for us to have a look at what’s going on on our roads, and for our road users to become more tolerant of all of us that actually use the transport system,” he said.

Mr Holland called for drivers to rethink their attitude to cyclists and the two-wheeled transport’s effect on congestion.

“In the first place drivers shouldn’t make it difficult for people on the roads, because we are making it easier for everyone by freeing up space,” he said.

“I just think that drivers need to change their attitude to cycling here in WA, because it’s so difficult as it is with the amount of cars on the road and the congestion on the freeway … I just think people need to take a different approach to the way that they look at it.”

Mr Holland was one of three people injured in traffic incidents involving cyclists in Perth on Tuesday.

A woman was hurt when her bike and a car collided near the Carlisle train station early in the morning.

Another cyclist was injured when his bike and a car collided on Phillimore Street in Fremantle in the morning.

Paramedics said none of those involved in the crashes had life-threatening injuries.

Police are investigating the incidents.

This ruling against Sheridan must be part of his other community work his lawyer referred to:

Unregistered builder to pay $42,500 for illegal work

https://www.businessnews.com.au/article/Unregistered-builder-to-pay-42500-for-illegal-work

Richard Jonathon Sheridan, the director of One Emperor Pty Ltd (deregistered – ASIC) trading as WOW Makeovers, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in relation to a $250,000 renovation of a Scarborough house between May and November 2011.

In proceedings finalised in the Perth Magistrates Court on July 16, Sheridan pleaded guilty to one charge each of contracting for, and carrying out, building work valued over $20,000 without the required registration, which are offences under the repealed Builders’ Registration Act 1939. Similar requirements exist under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The Vines-based Sheridan also entered into a non-complying cost-plus contract and failed to obtain a policy of home indemnity insurance for the home building work, which resulted in him being convicted of a further two charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.

The court ordered Sheridan to pay a fine of $10,000 and costs of $2,500. As a result of the proceedings, he also paid $30,000 in compensation to the owners, an elderly, retired couple who had put their life savings into the project.

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s