Driver, 77, admits causing death of motorcyclist in north Suffolk through careless driving

Ipswich Crown Court

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A 77-year-old motorist has admitted causing an accident which led to the death of a motorcyclist.

Malcolm Sykes, of Park Drive, Worlingham, near Beccles pleaded guilty causing death by careless driving when he appeared at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

Sykes’ sentencing was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be compiled.

The case was re-listed for sentence on January 9.

The tragedy occurred as a result of a collision between his Ford B-Max car and a Suzuki motorcycle ridden by Daniel Hayward, of Waterloo Road, Sotterley, near Beccles.


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The crash happened at the junction of Lowestoft Road and Glenwood Drive in Worlingham late last year.

Sykes made his first appearance on the charge before North East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Lowestoft last month, when it was committed to the crown court.

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The collision happened at around 5.30pm on October 23, 2013.

Emergency services, including police, ambulance and air ambulance - which landed at Worlingham Primary School, were quick to arrive at the scene of the accident. However, Mr Hayward was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sykes and a female passenger were in his car.

At the time police said they had not sustained any serious injuries.

In the days after the tragedy Mr Hayward’s wife and family thanked everyone for their help in trying to assist at the crash scene.

Floral tributes were also left at the roadside.

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