THE family of a motorcyclist killed in a car crash are calling for a change in the law after it was claimed mismatched tyres could have caused the fatal collision.
Chester bank employee Andrew Wilson-Jones, who lived at Deans Place in Connah’s Quay with husband David, died at about 6pm on on June 12 last year on the A495 in Shropshire after a driver lost control of her sports car.
Rachel Lloyd Roberts, 25, of Charles Street, Brymbo, had pleaded not guilty to causing the death of the 36-year-old biker, a former pupil of St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School in Flint.
Shrewsbury Crown Court heard the MG TF she was driving – without insurance – did not have matching front tyres which is known to cause handling issues.
Roberts admitted a less serious charge of causing death by driving uninsured and will be sentenced later this month.
After Monday’s court hearing the family of Mr Wilson-Jones, who worked at the HBOS bank in Chester, have called for the law to be changed.
“It’s a miscarriage of justice,” said David, a staff nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
“He did nothing wrong. Andrew was an experienced rider who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
David and Andrew’s mother Judith Jones, who lives in Minera, near Wrexham, want to highlight the dangers of driving with mismatched tyres.
Mrs Jones added: “No vehicle should be carrying different tyres on the same axle. In some countries it’s already against the law. If it were here she (Roberts) would be breaking the law.”
The pair both think the law in the UK needs to be changed.
“If death by driving uninsured carried a custodial sentence it could discourage people from doing it,” said David.
Philip Beardwell, prosecuting, told the court: “A sports car driven by this defendant was involved in a collision with a motorbike.
“Since the matter was charged this defendant has been carrying out thorough investigations and information has been brought to the prosecutors that the tyres on the front axle on this vehicle were in a varied state.
“MG TFs have specially designed tyres by Goodyear and the original design was recalled.
“They brought out a new tyre and issued instructions to MG that the new tyre should not be mixed with the old one.
“It could be she was trying to compensate for poor grip on the car and trying to regain control. Tragically that’s when the accident occurred.”
He added: “There is no longer sufficient evidence to reach a realistic prospect of conviction.”