Driver 'tormented' by memory of fatal accident
A BRISLINGTON woman who crashed into a motorbike, killing a father-of-three, "wished it was her who died that day", a court heard.
Doreen Fairweather was ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a charge of causing death by careless driving.
The incident took place near the A38 in St Budeaux, Plymouth, in January this year.
Plymouth Magistrates' Court heard that the 57-year-old entered a slipway onto the main road with three vehicles in front of her – a Vauxhall van, a Rover car and a Triumph Tiger motorbike ridden by local man Paul Henderson, 45.
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The court heard that the three vehicles in front of Fairweather started to slow down but she did not until her husband shouted "brake".
But by that time it was too late and she hit Mr Henderson's bike, catapulting him over the Rover and into the Vauxhall van.
The court heard the rider smashed through the van's window and suffered fatal injuries to the head and chest.
Fairweather told police the rider "didn't have a snowflake's chance" and her defence counsel, Sarbjit Bisla, said: "She thinks about this accident everyday and it's something she will live with the rest of her life. She wishes it was herself and not Mr Henderson who had died that day."