‘Late for golf’ driver walks free from court after smash which killed Chorley motorcyclist

Tragedy: Simon Williams Motorcyclist Simon Williams 45 from Chorley was killed in a crash on Wigan Road, Chorley. The driver who hit him, Similolu Shobayo, 48, was given community service

Tragedy: Simon Williams Motorcyclist Simon Williams 45 from Chorley was killed in a crash on Wigan Road, Chorley. The driver who hit him, Similolu Shobayo, 48, was given community service

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An IT executive has walked free from court after he mowed down and killed a dad in his Audi A6 when he was running late for golf.

Chorley dad-of-one Simon Williams, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene after Similolu Shobayo, 48, cut across his path and knocking him off his motorbike.

Similolu Shobayo

Similolu Shobayo

Mr Williams’ widow Tracy said: “He was a loving husband and father. He was my first true love and I expected to live my life with him.”

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 experienced motorcyclist Mr Williams was riding his Triumph Daytona 675 on Wigan Road, Chorley.

Shobayo, of Argyll Road, Blackpool, was travelling in the opposite direction towards Duxbury Hall Golf Club, where he had booked a tee for 1.25pm.

But as he turned right into Duxbury Hall Road at 1.35pm he did not see Mr Williams and cut across his path, knocking him from his bike and into the opposite carriageway.

Mr Williams’ family have been deprived of a successful family man – a husband, father, uncle and son and his family have suffered the tragic loss of a close family member.

Judge Michael Byrne

The emergency services were called but Mr Williams had already died.

Shobayo pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Preston Crown Court saying his view of the oncoming traffic had been obscured by a white BMW ahead of him.

However he accepted he should have waited to make his right turn.

Mrs Williams told the court: “On the day my husband was killed our son Jack was on a school trip. I am haunted by the fact that if he had not been on the trip it is very possible he would have been with his dad on the back of the bike because every time Simon went out, Jack would ask ‘can I come?’

“Trying to find he words to tell a 12-year-old boy that his dad was dead was the most heartbreaking moment I will ever have.

“It will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Judge Michael Byrne, sentencing, said: “This is a very tragic case. Two families have been devastated in entirely different ways – one more so than the other.

“Mr Williams’ family have been deprived of a successful family man – a husband, father, uncle and son and his family have suffered the tragic loss of a close family member.

“The defendant also, in wholly different ways, is fixed with the knowledge forever that because of his careless driving he caused the death of another road user.

“The court does not have unfettered discretion in sentencing cases of this kind. The offence is not one of causing death by dangerous driving but by careless driving.”

He sentenced Shobayo to 250 hours of unpaid work and banned him from driving for 18 months.

Since the accident Shobayo has not got behind the wheel of a car and has only recently returned to work on reduced hours, the court was told.

Speaking after the sentence, Mrs Williams said: “As a family, we feel that a weight has been lifted today. Justice has been served, but no sentence will ever suffice or bring our Simon back. I want to thank family and friends for all their love and support, since our world was turned upside down that fateful day.