Man banned from driving after crash in White Roding left motorcyclist with life-changing injuries

PUBLISHED: 11:06 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 16 July 2018

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A man has been banned from driving for three years for causing a collision in White Roding which left a motorcyclist needing a wheelchair.

A Smart Car driven by Mohammed Rahman struck a motorbike at around 6.25pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017 on the A1060 in White Roding at the junction with Church Lane.

As Rahman turned right into Church Lane he turned into the path of the motorbike causing the two vehicles to collide.

Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and were left undriveable.

The motorbike rider, a man in his 50s, suffered serious, life-changing injuries which have left him needing to use a wheelchair.

Initially, Rahman, 23, of Lawrence Avenue, Sawbridgeworth had claimed he had left a car to pass, saw nothing was coming and turned into Church Lane where he collided with the motorbike.

However, officers obtained CCTV which showed Rahman’s Smart Car was the second vehicle in a line of three with no other vehicles in view except for the motorbike.

The footage showed Rahman pull out from the line of traffic, turn into Church Lane, cutting off the junction and colliding with the motorbike which was in clear view.

He was voluntarily interviewed and on February 27, 2018 appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court where he was charged with careless driving.

At the same court on Thursday, July 12 he admitted the charges and was banned from driving for three years, fined £600, and ordered to pay £300 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Following the hearing investigating officer PC Jon Haslip, from the Stanway Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a nasty and unnecessary collision which has resulted in the victim suffering horrendous injuries which will affect him and his family for the rest of his life.

“This case shows that you have to pay attention at all times when you’re driving and if you don’t the consequences can be catastrophic.

“I hope Mohammed Rahman thinks about this during the time his disqualified.”

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