A Runcorn man has been jailed for four years and disqualified from driving for seven years after being found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of a motorcyclist he was racing on the Central Expressway.
Paul Green, 29, of Falcons Way, Runcorn, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court after a four day trial. The victim - motorcyclist, Aiden Davies, 26, from Northwich - was killed on Sunday 2nd August 2015.
The court heard that Green and Mr Davies, along with mutual friends, were returning from watching a motor racing event in Bedfordshire when the crash happened.
That evening Green was driving a Ford Focus RS and Mr Davies was riding a Suzuki motorcycle. Eyewitnesses described the car and motorcycle racing and undertaking other motorists on the Central Expressway, Runcorn. As a result Mr Davies lost control whilst negotiating a left hand bend and crashed into a lamp post on the exit slip road towards Halton Lea, killing him instantly.
The road was subject to a 40mph speed limit at the time due to roadworks and it was estimated in court that Mr Davies was driving between 62mph and 73mph when he lost control of his motorcycle. Green was said to be travelling so fast and close to Mr Davies that he had passed the motorcycle as it was crashing. This was described in court by a witness as “travelling as one”.
Mr Davies’ mum, Julie Wood, said: “Nothing will bring Aidan back but we feel justice has finally been done.”
PC Cath Hilton said: “Cases like this are devastating for both sides. Mr Davies’ family have lost a loved one and Green has been found responsible for his death.
“We can only hope that the awful consequences of this incident act as a warning to others about the dangers of acting irresponsibly on our roads can be. Green is now starting a prison sentence of four years and will have to carry the death of Mr Davies on his conscience for the rest of his life.”