A WOMAN driver who carelessly caused the death of a motorcyclist has been jailed for 12 months.
Yoga teacher Caroline Moroz, 44, of Tungstone Way, Market Harborough, admitted causing the death of businessman and motorbike enthusiast, Peter Dennis, by driving a Peugeot 207 carelessly on the A6003 Rockingham Road, near Caldecott, on Sunday March 6 last year.
Mr Dennis, 32, of Higham Ferrers, never regained consciousness and died in hospital.
In a written tribute, his mother, Elizabeth, stated she was on an extended break in Australia, with another son, trying to come to terms with her loss.
She said: “Peter’s been cheated out of a long and fruitful life. He was one in a million and my love for him can never be disputed.”
Alan Murphy, prosecuting, said the driving conditions were excellent with good visibility as Mr Dennis rode his Suzuki along a straight stretch from Rockingham towards Caldecott, at about 5pm.
Moroz, travelling in the opposite direction, saw the approaching motorbike, with headlights on, and made a fatal decision to overtake a car in front.
Mr Murphy said: “She completely misjudged the motorbike’s distance. She crossed into Mr Dennis’s lane and then realised she wasn’t going to be able to get back in time.
“She moved further to the right, towards his nearside to create or extend the gap intending he could ride through the middle. He collided with the front nearside of the defendant’s car and was thrown “some distance.” A doctor and a first aider stopped to help at the scene.”
The defendant stayed at the scene. She told police she was trying to overtake a slow “Sunday driver” she had been stuck behind since Uppingham.
Mr Murphy said there was no criticism of Mr Dennis’s riding and both were well within the 60mph speed limit.
Sentencing at Leicester Crown Court this week, Judge Silvia De Bertodano said: “It was careless driving, almost to the point of dangerousness. You pulled out into a lane in the face of oncoming traffic leaving Mr Dennis nowhere to go. He was a much loved son, brother and friend and his loss is deeply felt.”
Moroz was banned from driving for two years.
Steven Newcombe, mitigating, said after the collision Moroz gave up a PA job in Peterborough to avoid having to drive and set up a yoga business instead. He added: “She carries the guilt knowing it was her error of judgement that caused the accident.”
After the case, Mr Newcombe said: “She’s devastated. We’re appealing against the sentence.”