Jury told ambulance driver ‘didn’t look properly’ in A146 death crash by Hales

An ambulance driver responding to an emergency call failed to look properly at a junction which resulted in the death of a motorcyclist, a court heard this morning.

Summing up the prosecution's case at Norwich Crown Court, Christopher Youell said ambulance driver Ivor Prow did not look properly when turning into the junction on the A146 by Hales on July 9 last year.

The court heard how Prow of Gorleston Road, Oulton Broad, did not see the motorcyclist coming towards him at the junction with Green Lane until it was too late.

Rider Neil Griffiths, 54, from St Ives in Cambridgeshire was killed in the collision.

Mr Youell said Prow, 52, had 'failed in his duty' to make sure the road was clear when responding to the report of a woman suffering from a stroke.

When interviewed by police Prow, who has been an ambulance driver for more than 27 years, said he did not see the motorbike coming up the A146 from Beccles.

He said: 'I turned into the road across the carriageway. I then saw the motorcyclist.'

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Mr Youell dismissed suggestions from Jonathan Goodman, defending for Prow, that Griffiths' riding could be questioned.

He said: 'We are not here to try Mr Griffiths. He was the most vulnerable person on that road on that day.'

The jury will hear from Mr Goodman this afternoon.

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