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FATAL CONSEQUENCES: Court case begins after motorbike rider crashed into back of car near St Albans

 Published on: 17th October 2022   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A motorbike rider was killed when he crashed into the back of a car that was travelling slowly on the A414 near St Albans with its hazard lights on, a jury heard today (Monday, October 17).

Adam Richardson hit the back of the Fiat 500 which burst into flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor James Lofthouse told the jury the major cause of the crash was the lack of response from Mr Richardson, who had been riding within the speed limit at between 60 and 70 miles per hour.

But, he said, the driving of the Fiat 500, by Samantha Wilson, on the dual carriageway was another contributory factor.

Samantha Wilson, 26, of Belle Vue Lane, Bushey, denies causing death by careless driving on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

The accident happened just before 1.15pm on the A414 between St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Mr Lofthouse said Samantha Wilson was worried she had a mechanical fault and pulled over onto the hard shoulder.

She and her passenger had left Chiswell Green Riding School to go to a horse suppliers near Dunstable when a red warning light came on.

Her mother who was in another car, a Fiat Kubo, stopped. They poured water into the coolant part of the engine. The warning light went off and Ms Wilson moved off accessing lane one of the dual carriageway at 25 to 30 miles per hour with her hazard lights on.

The passenger saw a motorbike coming straight towards them. When she looked back a second time she felt the impact, saw glass shatter and the car catch fire.

Mr Lofthouse said: “Mr Richardson had struck the back of the car with fatal consequences. Police and paramedics attended promptly, but he was declared dead at the scene.”

When interviewed by the police two weeks later, on October 7, 2020, Ms Wilson said she had stopped because she was worried about having a mechanical problem.

She said she had checked her mirrors twice before pulling out into lane one. She told the police there was nothing behind her.

Mr Lofthouse said she did not drive with due care and attention and should have built up speed on the hard shoulder. He alleged she had not checked her mirror properly.

He said: “This defendant is a decent young woman of positive good character.

“This was a tragic accident of person driving home from work to his family. He has paid the price.”

He alleged that the defendant’s actions were careless and a catalyst for the accident.

The case is proceeding.

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