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Luke Davidson jailed after killing Outwell motorcyclist Ian Parnell

A disqualified driver who killed a motorcyclist and then ran away from the scene has been jailed.

Luke Davidson, 20, was attempting to turn right out of the Esso Filling Station on the A1421, at Witcham Toll – near Ely in Cambridgeshire – at about 5.15pm on May 20 when the crash happened.

He drove his black Chrysler 300 in front of a red Suzuki GSX 1400 motorbike being ridden westbound towards Sutton by 57-year-old Outwell resident Ian Parnell.

Luke Davidson has been jailed for more than four years. Picture: Cambridgeshire Police
Luke Davidson has been jailed for more than four years. Picture: Cambridgeshire Police

Davidson got out, looked at Mr Parnell on the ground, and ran from the scene.

Mr Parnell, of Isle Bridge Road in Outwell, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davidson was identified on the filling station’s CCTV, and he contacted police at around 6.30pm to say he was responsible for the collision.

He was arrested nearby at Church Road, Wentworth.

Enquiries subsequently revealed that Davidson was a disqualified driver, having been convicted of drug-driving in August last year – for which he received an 18-month disqualification.

He was also convicted of driving while disqualified in November and received a further four-month ban.

On Friday at Cambridge Crown Court, Davidson, of New Road, Mepal, was jailed for four years and seven months, after pleading guilty to causing death by driving whilst disqualified and causing death by driving a vehicle whilst unlicensed and uninsured.

Davidson was also disqualified from driving for eight years.

Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler said: “This was a terrible collision that saw a much-loved father lose his life and our thoughts continue to be with his family.

“Davidson selfishly got behind the wheel of the car despite knowing he was disqualified and only he will know why he did what he did.

“Ultimately, I am glad he has faced justice and I hope this sentence gives Mr Parnell’s family some closure.”

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