Motorist admits causing man’s death after pulling into his path

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A Hemsworth driver caused the death of a motorcyclist when she pulled out of a junction straight into his path, a court has heard.

Yvonne Carpenter, 61, of Lowfield Road, admitting causing death by careless driving at York Crown Court on Friday, December 13.

Darren Adams, 47, died at the scene after Carpenter drove into his path on the A171 out of Scarborough on the morning of May 12.

Mr Adams, from Stockto-on-Tees, was left with no chance of avoiding the collision, which sent his bike careering into a tree and threw him into the road.

Carpenter had been visiting the Scarborough area to help out with working dog trials and had used the junction on previous occasions.

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told how after halting at the junction and allowing a car and caravan to pass, Carpenter pulled out, turning right towards Scarborough, and into the path of the motorcycle.

The court heard that it was a clear, summer morning and that Carpenter told police she had not seen Mr Adams until it was too late, despite having a clear sight line of around 130 metres.

The court was told that Mr Adams – who was a married dad of three and grandfather of two – was speeding at between 71 and 73mph on the 60mph road but heard how speed had not played a part and even at the national limit, Mr Adams would still not have been able to avoid the accident.

Richard Clews, mitigating, said Carpenter was devastated and faced living with what had happened for the rest of her life.

He also said that she had insight into what Mr Adams’ family were going through having lost her own sister in a road accident.

Carpenter was handed an 18-month community order and ordered to compete 200 hours of unpaid work. She was also banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £670 and a surcharge of £60.