Driver fined after pulling out on biker in Eckington

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A driver has been fined and ordered to pay £329 after he pulled out of a junction in Eckington and collided with an oncoming motorcyclist.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, October 24, how Rodger Squires, 54, of Saddler Avenue, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, pulled out across the motorcyclist who was thrown across the vehicle’s bonnet and into the road.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “The motorcyclist was driving along Rotherham Road, at Halfway, Eckington, and was approaching the junction of Rotherside Road and saw a stationary vehicle waiting to turn right and another vehicle waiting to pull out of the junction.

“But the vehicle at the junction pulled out and left the motorcyclist no time to adjust his brakes and he went over the bonnet and into the road. He was taken to hospital and his injuries included concussion and muscle pain and he injured a right knee which needs reconstruction and because of his age he will have to wait for surgery in considerable pain.”

Squires told police he approached the end of a road to turn right and looked up and down and saw nothing but saw a car flash him out and he pulled out and did not see the motorcyclist.

The defendant explained he got out of his vehicle and called the emergency services. Squires, who was dealt with in his absence, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after the incident in March.

He stated in mitigation that he is facing an uncertain future at work and on the day of the collision he had not been paid for six weeks and had been sent home and the uncertainty is continuing.

Magistrates sentenced Squires to a £222 fine and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

Squires’ licence was also endorsed with six points.