Grassington driver banned from roads over crash on Skipton bypass in which Trawden motorcyclist died

Bradford Crown Court

Bradford Crown Court

First published in News

A WOMAN found guilty of causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving has been banned from the roads.

Michelle Anne Marshall, 54, of Springfield Court, Grassington, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to undertake 250 hours community service when she was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court today.

Marshall was responsible for the death of 49-year-old Dominic Paul Lee after she pulled out into the path of his Triumph Spirit on Skipton’s northern bypass on May 1, 2013. Dominic, of Trawden, was seriously injured in the collision and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Leeds General Infirmary. Marshall, who was driving a grey Hyundai ix20 at the time of the incident, was found guilty of death by careless driving last month.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, of Skipton Roads Policing Group, welcomed her sentence.

He said: “Michelle Marshall has shown no remorse for her actions throughout the court proceedings and even tried to blame Dominic for the collision.

“I would like to pay tribute to Dominic’s family for the dignity they have shown in such tragic circumstances and I hope that Marshall’s sentence can bring them some degree of comfort.

“Marshall needs to face up to the fact that her actions have resulted in the sad and untimely death of Dominic and hopefully today’s sentence will help her to do that.”

Sgt Stringer added: “It is well documented that too many motorcyclists lose their lives on North Yorkshire’s roads every year by riding too fast.

“However, in cases like this one, it is the car driver who is at fault and I would urge all motorists to consider the safety of bikers and indeed cyclists when out on the roads.”

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