Driver sentenced for causing death of Leek motorcyclist

A 43-year-old man from Newcastle-under-Lyme has been disqualified for 15 months and given a 12 month community service order for causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving.

Nathan Lowe, of Old Hall Drive, Bradwell, was sentenced today (May 10) at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing the death of Darren Richards, 49, from Leek, in October 2017.

Nathan was driving his work’s van, a Volkswagen Transporter, from Buxton towards Leek on the A53 when he collided with a Suzuki motorcycle being ridden by Mr Richards.

At the time, Mr Richards was riding with his son and friend towards Buxton when Lowe turned right across their path. Despite the best efforts of colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service at the scene and doctors and staff at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, he sadly died the following day.

Lowe said he had not seen the three motorcyclists approaching from the Leek direction as he headed home.

He was charged in May 2018 with causing death by dangerous driving but was found not guilty by a jury last month. He had earlier pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Lowe was given a 12 month community service order, disqualified from driving for 15 months, ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £340 costs.

PC Helen Smart, senior investigating officer from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was an avoidable collision where Lowe failed to look ahead prior to carrying out his manoeuvre.

“It resulted in the tragic loss of a loving husband and father.”