Case Study

Peter Reekie killed in crash with motorcyclist, sentence of 7 years for dangerous driving

Incident date: 
Thu, 6 Sep 2012

Peter Reekie, 37, was cycling along Walton Road in Liverpool when he was hit head-on by Peter Bennett, 22.

Bennett had been riding a scrambler bike along the pavement at over 40 mph.

It was the second death involving scrambler bikes within a two week period – Sandra Bullock, 49, was hit by another 22-yr-old on a scrambler bike when she was crossing the road. The rider on that motorcycle, Daniel Luke, is also facing a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police in Liverpool launched a crackdown on the bikes, arresting a few people on suspicion of possession of drugs. It is alleged that the bikes have been used in gun crime, drug dealing and have been involved in 6 deaths so far this year, as well as 12 shootings.

Bennett’s 7 year sentence is fairly modest given his extremely dangerous behaviour and association with wider law-breaking. There is a 14 year tariff for causing death by dangerous driving. He has also received a 10 year driving ban.

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