Driver jailed for causing death of motorcyclist by careless driving

08/10/2015

A motorist, who was found guilty of causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving, has today sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, disqualified for two years, 150 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £1000 costs and an £80 victim's surcharge.

On 3 May 2014, 46-year-old Diane Ball from Bradwell was the driver of a Toyota Corolla car and was travelling along Bradwell Lane. As she approached the give way junction at Arnold Grove and Clare Avenue, she came to a halt and waited to cross.

Travelling from Porthill to Bradwell along Bradwell Lane was 57-year-old Mark Thompson who was riding his Honda CBR motorcycle.

As the victim was about to travel through the junction, the defendant emerged from Arnold Grove directly across the path of the motorcyclist resulting in an unavoidable collision.

Mr Thompson collided with the nearside of Ms Ball's car and landed in the road sustaining fatal injuries.

The emergency services were called, but Mr Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene by the paramedics.

Following a detailed police investigation into the fatal collision, Ms Ball was arrested, charged and today she has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Andrew Gee, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Throughout this prosecution, Diane Ball has stated that she failed to see Mark Thompson, as he rode towards the junction, and she thought it was clear for her to cross. However, a police forensic examination from the collision scene revealed that the motorcyclist would have been in her view for between 6-11 seconds prior to the collision.

"Ms Ball's error of judgment has resulted in Mr Thompson losing his life.

"We hope this conviction reminds all road users to remain vigilant at all times when they are using a public highway.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mark Thompson."