Man gets suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving

A man whose stationary vehicle caused the death of a motor cyclist has  received a suspended two-year prison sentence.

David Gareth Woodcock, aged 38, of Dial Lane, Congleton, pleaded guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday (December 14) to causing the death of Alan Horrocks on September 10, 2014 by dangerous driving.

He received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.

The court heard that Woodcock was stationary in a Case loading shovel, a heavy industrial vehicle used in quarrying, when it was in collision with a Triumph motorbike being ridden by 68-year-old Mr Horrocks along Dial Lane at 8.20pm.

The bike burst into flames on impact and Mr Horrocks, of Oak Tree Drive, Crewe, died at the scene, despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate him.

Woodcock had used the loading shovel to transport a heavy container of water to animals in a field.

He had driven out of a farm entrance straight across Dial Lane to the field’s gate where he parked. However, one and a half metres of the dark-coloured vehicle was sticking out into the road and Mr Horrocks’ motorcycle was in collision with it as darkness fell.

After the verdict Sgt Ian Tanner of the West Midlands Collision Investigation Unit said: “Woodcock failed to appreciate the danger his stationary vehicle posed to vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and this error had tragic consequences.

“We would urge all road users to ‘think bike’ as even a simple lack of judgement can prove fatal to a cyclist.”

Author: sp24237

Communications Officer at Staffordshire Police