Van driver jailed over motorcyclist's death in Wakefield

A van driver has been jailed after the death of motorcyclist on a main road into Wakefield.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 8:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 8:12 am

Simon Rhodes, 50, of Mottram Street, Barnsley was the driver of a Peugeot Expert Van which collided with a motorcycle on Aberford Road, near to the M62, on October 15, 2019.

The motorcycle rider - Andrew Dawson, 56, from Batley - died at the scene.

Rhodes was jailed at Leeds Crown Court for six months and disqualified from driving for three years and three months, after admitting death by careless driving.

Mr Dawson died when he was hit by a van.

West Yorkshire Police are urging motorists to look twice when making a turn and to be alert to oncoming traffic.

Detective Constable Clare Barran, from West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “This was a tragic case in which someone has unnecessarily lost his life.

"Andrew Dawson was a loving husband, a dad, a granddad, and a great friend to all. Someone has also lost their liberty too.

“In this particular incident the van was turning right when it hit the motorcycle coming in the opposite direction.

Simon Rhodes was jailed for causing the death.

“I would urge motorists - especially those in larger vehicles such as cars and vans - to take a bit of extra time and to look twice for other, smaller vehicles including motorbikes.”