Biker sentenced for causing death of pensioner in Leigh-on-Sea collision

A man who admitted causing a fatal collision in Leigh-on-Sea has been sentenced.

James Williams was riding his black Triumph Bonneville Street motorbike when he struck 90 year-old Maria Ansell as she crossed London Road at around 5pm on April 2, 2019.

Williams had begun to slow his motorbike around 10 metres before coming into contact with the lady, but the impact threw her 20 metres into the opposing carriageway.

Officers established Williams had been travelling at around 40-50mph in the moments before the collision on a stretch of road which is a 30mph limit.

If he had been travelling at the speed limit, the collision would not have happened.

He was arrested and later charged and at Basildon Crown Court on November 9, the 25 year-old, of Croft Mead, Chichester, admitted causing death by careless driving.

At the same court on Thursday January 7, he was sentenced to a three year community order, ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work, given a curfew between 8pm and 6am for four months, and disqualified from driving for three years.

Mick Ferris

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