Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

A motorist who killed a motorcyclist in a collision near Bottesford last year has been jailed.

Garry Allen, 33, of Cressing Road, Braintree, Essex, was sentenced to two years and seven months in prison today (Thursday 1 June) at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also given a four years and three months driving ban and ordered to retake his driving test.

The conviction relates to a fatal road traffic collision on Wednesday 25 May 2016 as Allen was travelling to a business meeting in his car along the A52 away from Grantham.

During an overtaking manoeuvre he took a phone call via his cars Bluetooth system, took his eyes off the road and failed to see the motorcycle being ridden by the deceased, 24-year-old Christopher Williams, travelling towards him.

Christopher received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Constable Alison Briance, from the Force’s Serious Collision Investigation unit, said: “The case is a reminder of the importance of being fully alert when driving.

“Allen did not for that small time give the road his full attention and he was distracted resulting in the death of a young innocent man.

“I would also like to thank the motorists who stopped to help and those who administered first aid to try save Christopher’s life.”

Caroline Williams, Chris’s mother, has released the following statement:

“The loss of Christopher has devastated our family and affected the lives of our extended family and friends.

“We are relieved that Mr Allen has finally admitted his guilt, but we feel he could have done than much sooner and saved our family from so much heartache.

“No sentence would be long enough for us but we have to accept the sentence given today.

“Actions have consequences and Mr Allen’s actions caused the death of Christopher.

“Chris was a biker and started riding at 16 years of age. He was known as a safe biker but that was not enough. We would like to see more campaigns on TV to raise the awareness of bikes on our roads because the excuse of not seeing them is not good enough.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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