Motorcyclist injured in road collision

Preston Magistrates' Court
Preston Magistrates' Court
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A motorist has pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after severely injuring a motorcyclist in a crash.

Motorist David Ramsay, 63, of Marina Drive, Fulwood, had pulled out from a lay-by in his Honda Civic and performed a U-turn close to the St John’s Ambulance headquarters on Garstang Road, Preston.

However, he didn’t see the motorcyclist, who was doing between 32mph and 39mph in the 30mph zone, magistrates heard. Eyewitnesses saw the biker collide with the car and go over the bonnet.

He suffered serious head injuries, having to have part of his skull removed in emergency surgery.

He suffered a broken shoulder and a serious injury to his genitals.

Prosecuting, Malcolm Isherwood said: “He didn’t see the approaching motorcycle. It was struck on the offside.

“When interviewed the defendant said he was the driver and that he had looked in his mirror prior to setting off and saw a small white van.

“He started to do a U-turn and as he neared the middle of the road the bike was six feet away. Afterwards he saw people were tending to the motorcyclist.”

Police accident investigators visited the scene and they calculated the biker had been 54 metres away when Ramsay performed the manoeuvre which was not adequate time to stop.

Ramsay, who had previously pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, did not attend the Preston Magistrates’ Court hearing and District Judge Jane Goodwin adjourned his sentence until October 15.