Motorist found not guilty of causing death of biker

Keen biker Mark Young. Picture submitted.
Keen biker Mark Young. Picture submitted.

A car driver accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving has been found not guilty by a trial jury.

Derby Crown Court heard how Professor Pamela Ince, 62, of Smalldale, Bradwell, was accused of committing the alleged offence during a collision at the junction of the B6049 Main Road and Gore Lane at Bradwell as she was heading home.

But a jury found Prof Ince not guilty following a trial which was concluded yesterday, Wednesday, May 10.

Motorcyclist Mark Young, 50, of Monsal Avenue, Buxton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision by paramedics after the crash happened about 4.15pm, on May 5, last year.

Prosecuting barrister Sarah Knight said Mr Young was riding along the B6049 Main Road towards the junction with Gore Lane when the defendant had allegedly pulled across his side of the carriageway to enter Gore Lane as he collided with her car.

The court heard that Prof Ince’s vision may have been partially obscured as she was driving behind a coach and - according to CCTV footage - it was estimated Mark Young had been speeding in the 30mph zone.

Expert analysis of CCTV footage from a resident’s home estimated that Mr Young had been speeding at about 56mph in the 30mph zone, according to Miss Knight, though the defence team claimed Mr Young had been going faster at between 62mph and 66mph.

Miss Knight had argued that Mr Young’s speed did not cause the fatal incident because his side of the road had not been impeded until Prof Ince allegedly drove into his lane.

However, the court heard how Pamela Ince said she was driving slowly before her Jaguar F-type car was hit on the nearside by Mark Young’s Kawasaki 1000cc Ninja motorcycle and she told police it came ‘like a bat out of hell’.

Miss Knight said: “She asserted that there was a deafening roar coming from the direction of Bradwell and then she said her car was hit on the nearside from a motorcycle and she said it came ‘like a bat out of hell’.

“And when she looked his motorcycle was lying in the road split in two - and being a doctor - she went over but did not feel a pulse and paramedics soon after confirmed he had died at the scene.”

The court heard how Mr Young was a father-of-two and a grandfather and Prof Ince is a neurologist and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield.

Prof Ince was acquitted after the trial which started on April 26.