Biker jailed for fatal crash


A motorcyclist, who crashed into a car killing his pillion passenger, has today been sentenced to 20 months in jail and disqualified from driving for three years after he was found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Warwick Crown Court heard how on 31 March 2012, 45-year-old Shaun Southgate had been travelling on the A435 near Mappleborough Green,  Redditch when his motorbike clipped the rear of a car he was trying to overtake which resulted in the rider and his passenger, Amanda Wilson, being thrown onto the road.

Southgate and Ms Wilson were both taken to hospital with serious injuries which the victim would later die from.

Robin Allen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "From police investigation and witness statements, it was clear that Southgate was travelling at high speeds during the course of his journey. He misjudged an overtaking manoeuvre which consequently led to his bike clipping the rear of a car resulting in him and his pillion passenger, Amanda Wilson, coming off the bike and both of them receiving very serious injuries.

"The emergency services gave first aid at the scene of the accident and both were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Ms Wilson would later die from her injuries.

"This case highlights the dangers of motorcyclists speeding. Those who ride at high speeds are not only putting themselves in danger but also their passengers and other road users too.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Amanda Wilson and we that today's verdict can bring a sense of closure for them."