Man handed driving ban and community service order following death of biker

A Newcastle man has been given a driving ban and community service order for causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Nathan Lowe, of Old Hall Drive, Bradwell, was driving his work’s van, a Volkswagen Transporter, on the A53 at Quarnford in the Moorlands on 29 October 2017, when he collided with a Suzuki motorcycle being ridden by 49-year-old Darren Richards from Leek.

At the time, Mr Richards was riding with his son and friend towards Buxton when Lowe turned right across their path. Despite the best efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene and staff at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, he sadly died the following day. 

43-year-old Lowe said he had not seen the three motorcyclists approaching from the Leek direction as he headed home.

He was charged in May 2018 with causing death by dangerous driving, but was found not guilty by a jury last month. He had earlier pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Lowe was today (10 May) given a 12 month community service order, disqualified from driving for 15 months, ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £340 costs. 

PC Helen Smart, senior investigating officer from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was an avoidable collision where Lowe failed to look ahead prior to carrying out his manoeuvre. 

“It resulted in the tragic loss of a loving husband and father.”

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