Warsop driver ordered to complete 160 hours community work after causing death of biker

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A car driver who caused the death of a motorcyclist near Edwinstowe had been involved in a fatal accident six years earlier.

Ricky Cooper (24), of Norfolk Close, Warsop, was sentenced to 160 hours unpaid work for the current offence.

Nottingham Crown Court heard he pulled out to overtake a car in front of him when he collided with a motorbike which was already alongside him and overtaking both cars.

The bike rider swerved onto the off-side grass verge and fell from his machine suffering fatal head injuries.

The accident happened just after 1pm on Sunday 7th August last year on the A6075 Mansfield Road.

The man who died was 30-year-old Nikolas Gaylard, of Lansbury Road, Edwinstowe, who was riding a Honda Hornet.

There was no on-coming traffic and it was appropriate to overtake the two cars, said Christopher Lowe, prosecuting.

Cooper stopped at the scene and called the police and ambulance.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by driving without due care and attention.

He was in a black Astra with his pregnant partner as passenger.

They had been to a McDonald’s restaurant and had been talking about baby matters, said his barrister Michael Upson.

Cooper was convinced he had checked his mirror. He expressed his remorse.

When he was 17 he had lost his best friend.

Cooper was driving a Corsa when he lost control on an S-bend and collided with a tree, resulting in the death of his front seat passenger.

Cooper was convicted of careless driving following a trial in 2005 and was fined £150 and disqualified.

Judge Tony Mitchell told him last week: ‘You were aware a motorcyclist was behind you. You knew the likelihood was he would overtake with an open road ahead.’

The sentence of unpaid work was part of a 12 months’ community order. The judge banned him from driving for 15 months.