Man found guilty of road rage death

19/03/2014

A man who caused another driver to career off the road and crash into a lamp post in a road rage incident has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Colin Scarisbrick, 39, of no fixed abode, was following close behind Jeffrey Argent on the Formby bypass last October.

Scarisbrick was in a red van and witnesses claim he was tailgating Mr Argent's Silver Renault Clio in an intimidating way.

They claimed Scarisbrick seemed to be trying to get Mr Argent to pull over and then cut in front of him as the two cars approached what's known locally as the BP Roundabout.

The two cars then pulled up at the next set of traffic lights and the drivers were seen leaning out of their windows and shouting at each other.

Mr Argent, who was 49 and from Birkdale, was asking Scarisbrick to pull over but Scarisbrick pulled away at the lights and then stopped dead in front of Mr Argent's car.

Mr Argent then tried to drive around Scarisbrick's van but the two vehicles in effect began to move off almost as one, with no apparent gap between them.

It was then that Scarisbrick's van was seen to clip the passenger side of Mr Argent's car, which then veered onto the grass verge and collided with the barrier in the middle of the dual carriageway.

Mr Argent's car then careered back across the two carriageways and flipped onto its side as it crashed into lamp post.  

Paramedics were called but Mr Argent was found dead at the wheel.

Scarisbrick left the scene without stopping and was later traced to an industrial unit off Bridge Road in the Seaforth area.

He was arrested and later charged with causing death by dangerous driving. The court was told he had other previous convictions for dangerous driving.

Helen Graves, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, Mersey-Cheshire, said: "I would firstly like to extend my condolences to the family of Mr Argent.

"They have conducted themselves with dignity and bravery throughout this case and have had to listen to some harrowing evidence.

"Scarisbrick has fought this all the way and pleaded not guilty, forcing Mr Argent's family to go through the ordeal of a trial.

"Scarisbrick is clearly a danger to all road users with a string of convictions for similar offences, including another of causing death by dangerous driving.

"On that fateful day in October last year, his temper got the better of him again and he drove an innocent man off the road and into a lamp post where he met his death.

"Mr Argent's family are left to come to terms with their loss while Scarisbrick must come to terms with the consequences of what he has done."