July 29 2014 Latest news:
Tom Bristow, Reporter
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Witnesses told Norwich Crown Court yesterday how a motorcyclist overtook two cars moments before a crash with an ambulance killed the rider.
Motorcyclist Neil Griffiths, 54, collided with the ambulance at the Green Lane junction, on the A146 Beccles Road, at Hales, on July 9 last year.
The ambulance, driven by Ivor Prow, 52, was responding to an emergency call in Hales, when it alleged pulled out in front of Mr Griffiths.
Prow, of Gorleston Road, Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft is on trial for causing death by careless driving.
Yesterday Danny Andrews who was returning to Beccles from a trip to the cinema in Norwich with his step-son, partner and step-son’s girlfriend, described how the ambulance had seemed lost.
The forklift truck driver was in the front passenger seat of a black Peugeot 307 which was one car behind the ambulance at 7.50pm.
He said: “He (the ambulance) started indicating left and then changed his mind and indicated right.
“He pulled across the front of the bike and the bike collided into the front of the ambulance.”
Mr Andrews told the court: “It was like he (the ambulance driver) was lost. He didn’t know where he was going.”
On the other side of the road heading towards Norwich for a Northern Soul night at Carrow Road with his partner, Philip Colby was driving his Ford Focus.
He told the court he saw the blue flashing lights of the ambulance and had slowed down when he saw the motorbike coming up behind him in his rear view mirror.
He said: “I didn’t have concerns about what the motorcyclist was doing. He was not going fast.
“He even nodded as he went past.”
He described the rider as “without a care in world”.
The trial continues.