A driver who caused the death of a 25-year-old Sporle motorcyclist escaped a prison sentence when he appeared at court in Lynn on Monday.
Robert Winner’s relatives were at West Norfolk Magistrates’ Court to see Grant Slater, 31, from Shipdham, banned from driving for a year and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.
At the same court on November 5, Slater had admitted causing the motorcyclist’s death by careless driving on the A1065 at Weasenham St Peter on January 20 this year.
The defendant, who also had relatives in court, was additionally placed on a 12-month community order and told to pay £85 prosecution costs.
The court heard that the crash happened when Slater, who was driving a silver Mitsubishi L200, failed to correctly judge how far away Mr Winner’s motorbike was as he approached the A1065 from Low Street early that morning.
In a statement, eye witness Andrew Ware said the pick-up truck pulled out from the junction, without stopping, into the path of the motorcycle, which was unable to stop. Local CCTV footage also confirmed this.
Mr Winner, who was heading to work, died from the injuries he suffered despite the efforts of Slater and another driver to revive him at the scene.
In mitigation, solicitor Alistair Taunton said Slater had made a “tragic error of judgement” by pulling out and causing the collision.
He said: “He sends his regrets and deep remorse to the family of Mr Winner, and realises nothing will ameliorate the loss they have suffered.”
After the sentencing, Steve Matthews, from Norfolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team, said: “This sad case demonstrates how important it is to properly give way and to take your time to consider other road users before crossing junctions.
“Other witnesses gave evidence to say that the road was clear and the motorbike was visible and being driven safely within the speed limit. Slater misjudged the distance and speed of the bike, which had disastrous consequences. ”