Careless driver given community service after killing Oldbury grandfather

4:16pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

A CARELESS driver who killed an Oldbury grandfather who was driving a motorcycle has been given 160 hours community service.

Craig Watts, aged 22, admitted causing the death of Daniel Bray by driving carelessly and he was givena 12 month Community Order and disqualified from driving for two years.

Mr Bray, aged 53, who lived in Elizabeth Crescent, Oldbury suffered serious injuries to his right leg in the collision and he was rushed to hospital where he had a cardiac arrest and died.

Mrs Sati Ruck prosecuting told Wolverhampton Crown Court that Watts of Whitecrest, Great Barr commenced a right turn out of a junction in Smethwick on December 15 last year and failed to see Mr Bray approaching.

She said Watts remained at the scene of the accident and when interviewed later after his arrest by police officers he told them he had simply not seen Mr Bray.

Miss Sally Hancox defending said Watts who was also told by Judge John Warner he must pay £600 costs would have to live with the consequences of his actions.

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