A MAN who smashed his motorcycle into a car being driven by a mother taking her children swimming has admitted dangerous driving.
Daniel Scott, of Lime Street, Ellesmere Port, struck the side of the woman’s Citreon Picasso as she turned into McGarva Way, Ellesmere Port, at about 6pm on October 13, 2009.
Appearing at Chester and Ellesmere Port Magistrates Court on Monday, Scott pleaded guilty to driving the Kawasaki motorcycle in a dangerous manner, without insurance or a licence and with a defective back tyre.
Rob Youds, prosecuting, told the court the woman was waiting to turn right at a junction close to the Epic Leisure Centre when the motorcycle struck the side of her car.
He said: “She wasn’t blocking any traffic where she was waiting.
“Once the impact had taken place, she had to remove her children from the car, they weren’t injured but they were very frightened and shaken up.”
An eye witness to the incident described hearing a ‘most amazing roar’ before seeing Scott overtaking her vehicle on Stanney Lane moments before the collision, with a passenger ‘sprawled’ across the back and not wearing a helmet.
Mr Youds added: “The witness commented that Mr Scott was ‘gambling with his life and everyone else’s’.”
Another witness put Scott’s speed at ‘between 60mph and 70mph’.
The driver of the Citreon Picasso suffered whiplash injuries.
Scott admitted in police interviews that he bought the motorcycle from a man in Chester, but it wasn’t registered in his name and he didn’t have the appropriate licence or insurance.
A police vehicle examiner who inspected the Kawasaki found the tread was below the legal roadworthy depth.
Stephen Fearns, defending, argued that the case shouldn’t be sent to Crown Court for sentencing as there was no evidence that Scott had committed ‘prolonged dangerous driving putting people's lives at risk’.
However, magistrates ruled that the case should be passed to Chester Crown Court for sentencing and an interim disqualification imposed on Scott, who was given unconditional bail.