Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire police biker crash: Driver fined

A driver has been fined for causing a crash in which a Hampshire police motorcyclist was seriously injured.

Darren Hankin was driving an Audi S3 on the A31 at Four Marks when he pulled out in front of PC Nick Barman who was on a call-out on a marked police bike.

PC Barman, 47, suffered serious internal injuries, a brain injury, broken bones and spent more than a month in hospital following the crash.

Hankin, 41, pleaded guilty to careless driving and was fined £830.

Hankin, of Bernard Avenue, Four Marks, also had nine penalty points added to his driving licence at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court.

'No grudges'

PC Barman, who underwent 31 hours of surgery following the crash and faces further operations, thanked people for their support and said he bears "no ill will" towards Hankin.

He added: "Everything that happened occurred in literally one 40th of a second.

"A moment earlier I would have had enough braking distance to avoid a collision, a moment later and I would have overtaken him.

"The whole thing was an accident and I bear no grudges, especially as Mr Hankin has been so honest about his mistake from the start.

"I still have a very long road to recovery ahead, but injuries willing I am determined to return to work."

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