Death crash driver overreacted to presence of motorcyclist on A140 Cromer Road at Aylsham

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 November 2011

Norwich Crown Court

Norwich Crown Court

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A man who killed a motorcyclist on a busy Norfolk road had “overreacted to the presence of the motorcycle”, a court heard.

Roy Wilson, 71, of Lilian Road, Spixworth, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced having previously pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by careless driving.

Lori Tucker, prosecuting, said the crash happened on the A140 Cromer Road at Aylsham at about 12.05pm on August 8 this year.

Wilson, who was driving his Rover 45, was travelling towards Norwich when he crashed into the motorcycle driven by Edward Burton, an experienced motorcyclist, who was travelling northbound towards Cromer.

He was travelling behind three cars which he overtook. After overtaking the final car, Burton pulled back into the correct side of the carriageway at which point the Rover, which was travelling on the opposite side of the road, veered to the nearside and mounted the grass verge.

It resulted in the car spinning across the road. Wilson, having lost complete control, then collided with the motorcycle which resulted in Mr Burton receiving fatal injuries.

Mrs Tucker said: “It’s the crown’s case that Mr Wilson had overreacted to the presence of the motorcycle and in fact there was no need for him to pull over to the nearside in the manner that he did. He accepted it’s an overreaction to the situation.”

The court heard that a matter of days later on August 17, 2010, Wilson was caught driving at 36mph in a 30mph zone in Drayton Road, Norwich.

Mrs Tucker also referred to a victim personal statement which revealed Mr Burton’s wife, whom he married in 1995, had not worked for six months following the crash as a direct consequence of her husband’s death.

It also revealed she has had difficulties since his death and has only ridden her motorbike once since as she felt “vulnerable” and “like a different person.

Wilson’s solicitor said the crash has had a “serious effect” on Wilson, who he said should be given credit for his early guilty plea, and had prompted a relapse of his underlying psychological condition.

He said he is also suffering from post traumatic stress disorder which he said explained Wilson’s apparent lack of remorse at what has happened.

Judge Paul Downes sentenced Wilson to a 12 month community order and ordered him to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

Wilson was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test before he can regain his licence.

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