Road ban for driver in Shropshire bike death crash

A driver who killed a motorcyclist in a smash in Shropshire was guilty of a ‘moment’s inattention’ which cost a ‘completely innocent man’ his life, a judge told him.

Victim – David Kemish, 52, was riding his vintage motorbike when he was hit by Bernard Morgan’s car. He died in hospital.
Victim – David Kemish, 52, was riding his vintage motorbike when he was hit by Bernard Morgan’s car. He died in hospital.

Bernard Francis Morgan had been looking for a business address when his 4x4 struck the vintage motorbike of David Kemish, 52. He died the following day in hospital.

Morgan, 60, of Churnet Grove, Wolverhampton, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving following a trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday.

He was given a 12-month curfew, running from 8pm to 6am, disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to pay £2,400 costs.

Recorder Adrian Reynolds, sentencing Morgan, told him: “Cases like this impose a great burden on everybody, not just a jury.

“When a court sentences a man who has shot somebody with a gun there is a direct relationship between the evil of the act and the harm caused.

“The problem with a case like this is a complete imbalance of the harm you did and devastating consequences of it.

“When all is said and done, a completely innocent man has lost his life in no more than a moment’s inattention by you.”

Mr Reynolds said it was outside his power ‘to say or do anything to reconcile the loss’ of those grieving for Mr Kemish.

He said: “I can only punish you for the act you did, if for the consequences of that act I would be sending you to prison forever. In a civil society that does not happen.”

Mr Reynolds said he would have liked to have made Morgan carry out unpaid work to do ‘some positive good’ to repay for what happened that day but could not because of Morgan’s health.

He added: “I hope it brings closure to those who grieve for Mr Kemish.”

After his death Mr Kemish was described by his family as a ‘gifted musician who packed a lot into his life’.

He had retired as a mechanical engineer to spend more time playing music and pursuing his other hobbies.

The court had heard that Mr Kemish was riding the classic 1951 BSA motorcycle he had bought just a couple of days before when the collision occurred close to his home in Ditton Priors just after midday on July 26, 2011.

Earlier, the court heard Morgan told police at the scene that he had been looking for a business address when the collision happened.

The court was told Morgan was driving at about 3 to 5mph and turning a corner when the collision happened.