Shane Warne sued by cyclist over run-in

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 08:03 hrs

The cyclist at the centre of the Shane Warne road-rage incident has hit back at the spin king, asking him to pay up if he wants to avoid legal action.

He also wants the cricketer to admit that he was in the wrong.

The bike rider, a 28-year-old web designer called Mathew Hollingsworth, has engaged prominent lawyer George Defteros and is launching a civil claim in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

The damage bill for Hollingworth's hi-tech bicycle came to 1,575 dollars and he is also suing for damages, interest and costs.

He alleged that Warne drove into him after a robust exchange of words in peak-hour traffic on the evening of January 17.

In a statutory declaration, Hollingsworth says the spin bowler "lurched his car forward striking me on the right side of my right leg and my rear wheel".

"I could hear pedestrian witnesses yelling, 'Get his rego', and some yelled out what sounded like a registration number," quoted him as saying.

"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.

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"I said, 'No, it should be OK. It was Shane Warne'. She seemed as surprised as me," he said.

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

His manager, James Erskine, said neither he nor Warne would comment on the issue on Tuesday and the cricketer has not updated his Twitter followers about his thoughts on the cyclist seeking payment.

According to Defteros, Hollingsworth is seeking payment for damage to his bike from Warne's insurance company and, if it was not forthcoming, would consider civil court action.

"I think that if he's got an insurer then they'll take it up on his behalf," the Herald Sun quoted him as telling Fairfax Radio.

"And clearly an admission of liability insofar as the civil claim is concerned will have to be made, because if it's denied, then nature takes its course and proceedings follow," he said.

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