Wimbotsham motorcyclist’s family’s bid to change the law

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The family of a “loving, kind and caring” man who died after a crash are fighting to change the law.

Matthew Thompson, 32, of West Way, Wimbotsham, suffered severe injuries after his Aprilia 750 and an Audi A1 were involved in a crash on the A149, between the Castle Rising and Roydon Road junctions, on February 16 last year. Mr Thompson died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital the following morning.

Now his wife Leanne along with his mum Yvonne and sister Sarah are running a petition to ensure that anyone found guilty of a “death by driving” offence should get a mandatory minimum two-year driving disqualification.

An inquest into Mr Thompson’s death was held in Lynn yesterday when coroner Jacqueline Lake recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision.

The Audi driver, Maureen Haller, who has admitted a charge of death by careless driving, told the hearing that she did not see Mr Thompson.

A statement issued by the family after the inquest said: “Matthew was a loving, kind and caring husband, son and brother and was a doting and adored daddy. He was an extremely popular person and well known local builder. We are devastated by his death and are trying to come to terms with it.”

The inquest heard that Mrs Haller was turning right on to the A149 when the incident happened at 3.10pm.

She told the hearing that she had looked both ways and proceeded when she felt it was safe.

Mrs Haller said: “As I was driving out there was just an almighty bang and I could smell burning. At first I thought a bomb had gone off and just pushed my way out of the car and then I realised there had been an accident.”

Motorist Clare Saddler told the hearing that she had caught a glimpse of the motorbike behind a white car which had overtaken her as she pulled into the Castle Rising slip road as the Audi pulled out.

Motorist Graham Whiley saw the impact as he travelled in the opposite direction.

Collision investigation PC Graeme Brookes told the hearing that Mr Thompson had been travelling on the correct side of the road and had his headlights on .

He said Mrs Haller’s failure to see the motorbike was a “momentarily loss of judgment” and an obscured view.

In summing up before giving her verdict, Mrs Lake said Mr Thompson’s bike was obscured by a vehicle in front, prior to Mrs Haller’s car starting to pull out from the junction.

The Thompson’s family petition is on http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/