Case Study

Custodial sentence for driver who killed motorcyclist and pillion rider

Incident date: 
Sun, 1 Jul 2012

Waqar Asgar pulled out of a junction directly into the path of Raymond Wallis’s motorbike, causing an unavoidable collision on 1st of July 2012.

Mr Wallis, 66, and his passenger, Delia Roberston, 52, suffered fatal injuries.

Leicester Crown Court was told that moments earlier Asgar narrowly avoided a head-on crash with an ambulance, while overtaking on a blind bend, on the B587 Melbourne Road, near Lount.

The car being overtaken by Asgar, with two children inside, was forced into a verge.
Adrienne Lucking, prosecuting, said that when Asgar (27), driving a Vauxhall Astra, reached the B587 junction with the A543 Nottingham Road, he failed to give way to the motorbike and pulled out.

Mr Wallis’s motorbike was seen being ridden perfectly properly and had the right of way approaching a staggered junction.

A witness saw the defendant’s car suddenly pulling out of the side road, straight in front of the motorbike.

A collision expert’s report stated it took 1.7 seconds from the mouth of the junction to the point of impact and the motorbike “must have been visible”.

Asgar pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving. He was given a 3 year driving ban and an 18 month custodial sentence.

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