Peterborough man, 85, admits causing biker’s death in road crash

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The family of a motorcyclist killed in a crash have expressed concern over the checks made on elderly drivers after an 85-year-old Peterborough man admitted causing his death.

Steven Moulton, who was 43, died in a collision on the A17 at Terrington St Clement, near King’s Lynn, last October.

Today, Raymond Crome, of Park Road, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to causing his death by driving without due care and attention when he appeared in court in King’s Lynn.

He was fined £300, disqualified from driving for three years and told he would have to take a test before he could drive again. However, the court heard he has already surrendered his licence.

Passing sentence, district judge Peter Veits said the normal community order that would be imposed for a case of this type was not appropriate because of Crome’s age.

He said that the tragedy, which he said had been caused by “momentary inattention”, may also lead some to question whether more stringent checks on elderly drivers were needed to improve road safety.

And, in a statement issued after the hearing, Mr Moulton’s family said: “Steven was a huge part of all our lives and we miss him terribly.

“We are concerned about the current powers in place for monitoring the standards of older drivers in the UK.

“We would like to see some regular testing to ensure driving standards are maintained to keep the roads as safe as possible for all road users.”

Earlier, in a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Moulton’s widow, Susan, said she had become a “wreck” following her husband’s death.

She said: “I want him back. It drives me insane. I’ve lost friends since he died. I’m a mess and I don’t want them to see me like this.”

She said she also felt sympathy for Crome, saying she did not want to see him go to prison, but did not want him to drive again either.

The court was told that Mr Moulton had been riding his Ducati motorbike along the A17 towards King’s Lynn when it was in collision with a Peugeot car, driven by Crome.

Josephine Jones, prosecuting, said the collision had happened when Crome began to turn right into Station Road, across Mr Moulton’s path.

Mr Moulton was thrown from his bike, striking the bonnet and windscreen of the car, and eventually coming to rest in a ditch. Witnesses reported Crome saying he had not seen the machine.

A forensic crash investigation report said Mr Moulton would have had between 0.9 and 1.7 seconds to react when Crome began to turn.

The court also heard that the bike would have to have been travelling at more than 692 miles per hour for it not to be visible.

Richard Clews, mitigating, said he reiterated his client’s sorrow and apology to Mr Moulton’s family for what happened and praised Mrs Moulton’s “generosity of spirit” towards him.

He told the court Crome, who is now living in a care home, had used the junction regularly, having lived in Terrington St Clement for around 20 years prior to the collision.

And he said Crome “still racks his brains” to work out why he had not seen Mr Moulton’s bike before the crash.

The court was told that Crome had passed a sight test after the crash.