Racing driver ran classical singer, 21, off the road with expletive-ridden road rage destroying her career

A CLASSICAL singer's career was left in ruin after a racing driver smashed into her on the road in an expletive-ridden fury.

Alan Thompson, 32, flew into a rage as he tried to overtake talented singer Billie Allin – but instead ploughed into her with the large trailer he was towing.


Ms Allin, a 21-year-old Soprano, was driving her Vauxhall Corsa in North Wales when she was "cut up" by Thompson and sent ploughing into railings.

A court heard how the racing driver had become irritated by her speed and pulled out in front of her – continuously sounding his horn, swearing and shouting before the horror smash.

The classical singer was left with a permanent metal plate in her arm and a 10cm scar – and had to pull out of a BBC Proms show.

Ms Allin, who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff, was also left unable to perform as well as she did before the crash.

She later applied for a postgraduate course at the top music university but says her bid was declined due to her lack of confidence.

Prosecutor John Philpotts told Swansea Crown Court: "It had affected her sleep and she had nightmares that left her tired in the day, and she avoids socialising and travelling long distances on her own.

"She was training to be a classical singer that required singing in different languages and she found following the collision that was much more difficult.

"She wasn't able to perform as well as previously, she missed a lot of classes, her confidence was damaged by the collision which clearly affected her professionally."


The horror crash took place on the A494 dual carriageway near Queensferry in North Wales in July 2019.

Thompson had been driving a Mercedes Sprinter van towing his BMW racing car from the Trac Mon Anglesey Circuit after an event.

He was headed home to Oxfordshire when he tried to overtake another driver.

But Thompson misjudged how slowly Ms Allin was driving. He came up behind her at speed and pulled in front.

The court heard "aggressive" Thompson and his passenger made "rude gestures" at Ms Allin before his trailer smashed into her and she veered off the road.

Both you and your passenger were making rude gestures at the victim. You started to pull back in front of her, effectively 'cutting her up' – an aggressive and unnecessary piece of driving.

Following a trial, Thompson was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

In a victim impact statement, Ms Allin said she has lost one job with an events company, split from her partner and couldn't perform at a BBC concert.

Sentencing at Mold Crown Court, Judge Rhys Rowlands told Thompson: "You lost your temper. You drove aggressively, sounding your horn continuously as you pulled into the offside lane to overtake.

"Both you and your passenger were making rude gestures at the victim. You started to pull back in front of her, effectively 'cutting her up' – an aggressive and unnecessary piece of driving."

Thompson, of Wantage, Oxfordshire, was handed a six month sentence suspended for two years.

He was disqualified from driving for two years, fined £5,000 and must pay £2,800 towards prosecution costs.

After the hearing investigating Officer PC Emma Birrell said: “Due to his own aggressive driving, he became aggrieved by the female driver of the Corsa. He shouted expletives and made rude gestures towards her.

“He then cut in front of the Corsa to frighten her, however, he failed to account for the large trailer that he was towing at the time which collided with the Corsa ramming her off the road."

She said it was only by "sheer luck" that nobody died.

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