Driver fined £500 after death crash
A MOTORIST has been fined £500 following an accident which claimed the life of a 30-year-old Suffolk man.Glenn Hussein was found guilty of driving without due care and attention following the crash, which led to the death of motorcyclist Kevin Jones.
A MOTORIST has been fined £500 following an accident which claimed the life of a 30-year-old Suffolk man.
Glenn Hussein was found guilty of driving without due care and attention following the crash, which led to the death of motorcyclist Kevin Jones.
Magistrates said that a “prudent and competent” driver would not have turned into the path of Mr Jones on the B1106 in North Stow on August 5 last year.
Hussein, 46, of Raynham Road, Bury St Edmunds, denied the charge and said Mr Jones' Suzuki motorcycle “came out of nowhere”, but a police reconstruction of the accident claimed he could have had up to ten seconds to see the machine.
Mr Jones, of Hales Barn Road, Haverhill, died at the scene and a post mortem examination found the cause of death to be trauma caused by the collision.
Hussein had been picking up his wife in his Peugeot car and the collision happened as he turned into a picnic park.
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Pc Adam Williams, who led the investigation, said there was evidence of skid marks on the road as Mr Jones attempted to avoid the collision.
He denied claims from Hussein's defence team that the rider might have been travelling too fast for the road.
The court heard that Hussein had initially been arrested at the scene in connection with death by dangerous driving but was later charged with driving without due care and attention.
During police interview, Hussein said he had been driving normally and wouldn't have done anything different.
He added: “I looked ahead and saw it was clear but then as I turned right, I saw this motorcyclist come straight at me and drive into me. Everything just stopped, the bonnet popped up and I couldn't see a thing.”
But presiding magistrate Meg Clibbon said: “We feel a reasonable, prudent and competent driver would have been able to see the motorcyclist and not turn into his path.
“By your own admission, this is a road fraught with hazards. Even with a slight increase in speed (from Mr Jones), of which there is no evidence of that, you would have been able to see him and react.”
Hussein, who was said to be suffering from depression since the accident, was given a £500 fine, nine penalty points and ordered to pay £450 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.