How NOT to Get Away With It: Woman Accused in 'Twit and Run'

In this age of reality TV and social media, it seems that everyone wants his or her 15 minutes of fame, and no one seems to consider the consequences of airing their business for the world to see. Sexting, sex tapes, and criminal acts displayed proudly on YouTube are but a few of the baffling things people do, not appearing to realize that their audience is both public and expansive. If you commit a crime and you do not really wish to pay the penalty, the best advice for not getting caught is to not make it public. It sure makes your defense lawyer's job a lot harder if you posted video of your crime to YouTube, if you publicize it on Facebook, or if you tweet about it on Twitter. It seems like common sense--if you don't want everyone to know about it, don't discuss it or show it on a public forum. However, for many self-absorbed individuals, common sense may be in seriously short supply. Take the story of Emma Way, for example, a British driver who clipped a cyclist with her car, drove off, and then bragged about it on Twitter: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier - I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax! #bloodycyclist" [caption id="attachment_2043" align="aligncenter" width="462"]Image Credit: Twitter Screen Capture @FSUSteve Image Credit: Twitter Screen Capture @FSUSteve[/caption] Furious cyclists, who dubbed it a case of "twit and run," and others reported the tweet to local police, who tracked down Way. The cyclist who was struck, Toby Hockley, saw the tweet, tracked Way down on Facebook, and sent her a message: "Oh hi! That was me you hit and FYI, you didn't knock me off." Hockley, who was participating in an organized ride, was not injured despite being clipped by Way's side-view mirror and riding into a hedge. He says he finished the 100-mile course and planned to forget about the collision until he saw Way's tweet. He said to salve his aches and pains, he "had a bit of a sulk in the cafe and had an ice cream." Hockley says that he doesn't want to press charges against Way, preferring that she "gets a telling off from the police rather than anything that's going to affect her life in the future." He also said he just wants an apology. Way deleted her Twitter account after causing the brouhaha and issued a statement apologizing for making the "spur-of-the-moment, stupid tweet." She seems surprised that "it's now national," and that so many people reacted to her comment. Police are investigating and Way may face charges for leaving the scene of an accident.