Not guilty verdict for biker

A Norton motorcyclist accused of overtaking cars at speeds approaching 100mph has been cleared by a jury of dangerous driving after a horrific crash which almost cost him his life.

Gavin Rice, 23, of Abbot’s Court in Norton, crashed near a blind hill after hitting a Kia Sorento head-on while out riding his Yamaha R6 on the B1248 near Wharram-le-Street.

After being thrown through a hedge Rice broke his shoulder, arm, leg, ankle, ribs, two fingers, punctured a lung, suffered nerve damage in his arm and blood clots.

He spent five days on trial at Hull Crown Court denying a charge of dangerous driving on October 17, 2010.

Rice was not accused of speeding, but was accused of riding on the wrong-side of the road.

However he told police he was certain the Kia Sorento driver was on the wrong side of the road. “I know I was in the middle of my lane,” said Mr Rice. “I am 110per cent certain of that. I was definitely in the middle of the lane when it came on my side. I didn’t have a chance. There was no room for me to move over.”

Rice was backed up by an eye-witness who told police she saw the Kia Sorento on the wrong side of the road.

Rice hugged his family as he walked from court cleared of dangerous driving by an unanimous not guilty jury verdict.