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4 December 2012, 16:15
An Ipswich man has been given a community sentence after a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Norfolk.
31 year old Grant Slater from Valley Road in Ipswich was in a collision at Weasenham St Peter in Norfolk back in January. He admitted causing death by careless driving.
25 year old Robert Winner of Sporle died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn following the collision on the A1065 on the morning of Friday 20 January 2012.
Slater was driving a silver Mitsubishi L200 and failed to correctly judge how far away Mr Winner's motorbike was as he approached the main road from Low Street. He pulled out into the path of the motorcycle, which was unable to stop.
He admitted causing death by careless driving at King's Lynn Magistrates Court on Monday 5 November and was today ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay costs.
Steve Matthews from Norfolk Police Serious Collision Investigation Team said: "This sad case demonstrates how important it is to properly give way and to take your time to consider other road users before crossing junctions. Other witnesses gave evidence to say that the road was clear and the motorbike was visible and being driven safely within the speed limit. Slater misjudged the distance and speed of the bike, which had disastrous consequences. I would like to extend my sympathies to Mr Winner's family at this difficult time."