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Viral road rage sensation Ronnie Pickering apologises for 'Don't you know who I am!' outburst

David Kearns

Published 29/09/2015 | 12:03

The driver dubbed ‘Road Rage Ronnie’ has apologised for a foul-mouthed tirade which saw him become an overnight viral sensation after more than a half a million people watched his expletive-ridden outburst on YouTube.

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A grandfather-of-five was caught on a GoPro camera shouting at a man on a moped in the UK over the weekend.

The showdown, which has been uploaded by YouTube user Steve Midz was sparked when he over Mr Pickering's ten-year-old Citroën Xsara in his moped and sat at the front of a queue of traffic waiting to turn right.

In the clip, the 54-year-old challenges the motorbike driver to a bare-knuckle brawl and angrily asks “Do you know who I am?” before defiantly adding “I’m Ronnie Pickering! Ronnie f****** Pickering!”

Tracked down by the Hull Daily Mail, ‘Road Rage Ronnie’ apologised for his hot headedness.

“He really got to me. I am not an aggressive guy… [but] he was baiting me so I thought I would give him a few of my thoughts.”

Describing how the row occurred in the first place, Ronnie recalled: “I was on my way home from Asda in Bilton when I heard a tap, which I thought was the driver using his boot to hit my car.

“I don’t know why he did this. He overtook a load of cars that was queueing. He encroached into my safety gap. I was wanting to turn right, but he wouldn’t go. I felt as though he was baiting me.”

Mr Pickering told the Hull Daily Mail he felt he had been subjected to “extreme provocation” and believes that he has been portrayed as “some kind of a monster” because of the “muppet” who filmed the footage.

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