Court finds driver, 70, guilty of biker’s death

NEWS   BEVERLEY MAGISTRATES COURT SNATCHES    22/6/15John Craven arrives at court (flat cap, blue trousers)A 70-year-old driver has been convicted of causing the death of a motorcyclist on an East Riding road.Paul Ella, 53, was killed when John Craven pulled out too quickly onto the B1253 at Butterwick.
NEWS BEVERLEY MAGISTRATES COURT SNATCHES 22/6/15John Craven arrives at court (flat cap, blue trousers)A 70-year-old driver has been convicted of causing the death of a motorcyclist on an East Riding road.Paul Ella, 53, was killed when John Craven pulled out too quickly onto the B1253 at Butterwick.
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A Scarborough pensioner has been banned from the roads for two years after he was found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

John Craven, 70, pulled out in front of motorcyclist Paul Ella, 53, who died at the scene when his Ducati bike smashed into the driver’s Toyota Avensis.

The accident happened at the Butterwick Crossroads on the B1253 between Sledmere and Bridlington on Friday June 6, last year.

At Beverley Magistrates’ Court, Craven was given the driving ban, along with a community order in the form of a curfew, meaning he must remain at home from 9pm to 7am for the next 58 days.

During a trial last month, Andrew Vaughan, prosecuting, argued Craven, of Granville Square, should have edged out of the junction to make sure he could see properly before going straight across.

Instead, Craven looked each way once and then pulled out, which led to the crash.

Ian Clark, Humberside Police collision investigator, produced a report into the crash.

He told the court he felt Craven’s lack of care at the junction caused the accident.

In giving evidence, Craven said he had been driving since 1977.

He told the court he had been to an auction in Driffield and was travelling to a farm shop in Butterwick with his brother, his 95-year-old mother and their pet dog.His mother suffered a broken collarbone, but Craven and his brother suffered only minor injuries.

Craven said: “I stopped at the crossroads and it was clear. As I crossed, I turned and saw the motorcycle coming straight for us.

Philip Morris, defending, told the court much of the evidence was speculative.

He argued edging out into the road was the perfect way to negotiate the junction as opposed to being what was reasonably expected.

But District Judge Fred Rutherford found Craven guilty of causing death by careless driving.

He said: “I find Mr Craven convinced himself the road was clear and made the biggest error.” Craven was also ordered to pay costs of £700 and a victim surcharge of £60.