‘The motorcyclist kept insisting I get out the car’ – Stevenage mum fears for her safety after tyre blowout

Abby Forster pictured next to her car which was damaged in London Road as she headed into Stevenage.

Abby Forster pictured next to her car which was damaged in London Road as she headed into Stevenage. - Credit: Archant

A mother has described the terrifying moment a man tried to goad her out of her car on a dark, deserted road.

The driver’s side tyre of Abby Forster’s car suffered a blowout while she was driving into Stevenage last Thursday via London Road.

The 21-year-old immediately pulled over and phoned partner David O’Gorman to come and help.

The mother-of-one said: “I was driving along and the next thing you know the car was just useless.

“It went over something and then I was swerving out into the road.


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“I thought: ‘I cannot drive like this’ so I pulled over and called my other half to come and get me.”

David told her to get out of the car because of the busy nature of London Road, fearing she could be seriously hurt if her silver Vauxhall Corsa was hit.

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Abby then called her mum to tell her she was going to be late picking up her one-year-old son, Freddie.

Her mum told her to get back in the car because she might not be safe by herself on the dark road.

A few minutes later a man on a black motorcycle and wearing a black helmet with the visor open approached her.

The owner of Abby’s Beauty, Hair and Nails said: “Out of nowhere a motorbike came behind me. A man came to the window signing to me to open it. He kept insisting that I get out. I kept telling him: ‘I’ve got someone coming’.”

He did this for more than five minutes and Abby phoned David and told him to get there as soon as possible. The man eventually left but kept circling Abby’s car until eventually heading off towards Knebworth.

She said: “It was quite intimidating. He was very persistent in trying to get me out the car. I hate to think what would have happened if I had got out. It was really frightening and I was just in shock and trying to get him to go away.”

David arrived with some friends a short while later and took the car away on a lorry.

As well as the blown out tyre, the car’s front brakes and handbrake were broken.

Abby doesn’t know what she hit or why no other cars, which were travelling before and after her, were affected.

A police spokesman said: “It is likely that the motorcyclist was genuinely concerned for the lady’s welfare, however we appreciate that his actions may have been intimidating and frightening in the circumstances.

“We would not want to deter members of the public from trying to help others. However, if you feel vulnerable or frightened always call the police.

If anyone has experienced a similar incident we would urge them to contact us immediately via 101.”

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