Banned driver found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

10/10/2014

A banned and uninsured motorist who performed an illegal undertaking manoeuvre at speed on the Stafford Road in Wolverhampton, which resulted in the death of a cyclist, has today been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that 24-year-old Kile Straker previously had his driving licence revoked and was therefore banned from driving any motor vehicle.

On 11 July 2013, Straker ignored this ban and drove his Seat Leon Cupra car without a valid licence or insurance.

Straker drove his car onto the A449 Stafford Road at speed and as he approached a van, which had moved lane to overtake a bicycle ridden by 74-year-old George Searle, Straker conducted an undertaking manoeuvre which resulted in his car colliding with the cyclist.

The impact caused Mr Searle to fall off his bike and collide with the car, resulting in him suffering severe injuries from which he would later die from.

Following the collision, the defendant fled the scene at speed in his car which he later hid in nearby garages.

Straker was traced as the driver of the car and subsequently arrested and charged. Today he was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst unlicensed and causing death by driving whilst uninsured.

Emma Wynne-Owen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Kile Straker was fully aware that he was banned from driving, but knowing this and the fact he had no insurance, he still drove his car at high speeds carrying out illegal and dangerous manoeuvres along a busy road in Wolverhampton, which ultimately resulted in him colliding with and killing George Searle.

"After the collision, rather than stop and seek emergency help for Mr Searle, the defendant drove off in order to escape the fact that he should not have been driving on a public highway.

"He was traced as the owner and driver of the car, but he denied being the driver of the car. However, today he has been found guilty of causing the death of Mr Searle.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Searle."