Ravenshead Crash leads to judge’s appeal

A judge has suggested that a fresh look should be taken at traffic lights on the A60 at Ravenshead where two brothers on a motorcycle were killed in a crash with a car.

The car driver, mental health nurse Matthew Brown, from the Alfreton area, was heading north and waiting to turn right at the Larch Farm junction with the B6020.

Nottingham Crown Court was told he advanced through the green light and waited for other traffic to pass before starting to move across, at 7.50pm in the evening last March.

He went forward a few feet in his Ford Mondeo then broke, hoping a motorcycle heading south and coming round a bend would be able to avoid him.

A witness estimated the Kawasaki’s speed at 70mph in the 40 limit.

Brown’s barrister Errol Ballentyne said the problem was that once a driver had gone beyond the traffic light there was no further light to tell him when to proceed.

Judge Andrew Hamilton said: “It seems to me it needs further consideration.”

Brown (36), of Pennine Avenue, Riddings, pleaded guilty to causing the two deaths on 26th March last year by careless driving.

He was sentenced to 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community as part of a 12-month community order.

The men who died were bike driver Dave Catterall (29), a fast food restaurant worker from Mapperley Park, Nottingham, and his 27-year-old brother Terry, the pillion passenger.

A doctor driving home from King’s Mill Hospital found both men were dead at the scene.

CCTV showed the bike collided with the front of the car.

Judge Hamilton said: “It is a tragedy to have lost two brothers and my sympathy goes out to their sister.”