Drunk driver jailed for killing Long Preston motorcyclist

Andrew Crook Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption Andrew Crook struck the motorcyclist head-on in the crash

A man who was more than twice the drink-drive limit and driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit and killed a motorcyclist has been jailed.

Andrew Crook, 48, struck 46-year-old Robert Allaway head-on in the crash on the A65 near Settle in October.

Crook, of Swinnow Grove, Leeds, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Allaway's death by driving without due care and attention.

He was jailed at Bradford Crown Court for four years and eight months and banned from driving for five years.

North Yorkshire Police said Crook had 83mg of alcohol per 100mg of breath when he hit Mr Allaway, from Long Preston, near Skipton - the legal limit is 35mg.

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Image caption Robert Allaway died at the scene of the collision on the A65 near Settle

Mr Allaway's wife Lorraine, who lost her sister to cancer on the same day, said: "It is impossible to find the words to describe how we feel about Bob's death.

"He was my soul mate and is the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about at night.

"This is without doubt the hardest and most painful experience of my life."

Mrs Allaway said she planned to campaign for tougher sentencing for drivers convicted of causing death by dangerous or careless driving or while under the influence of drink or drugs.

Traffic constable Dave Seavers, from North Yorkshire Police, said: "Crook gave no consideration to the safety of other road users that day and got behind the wheel with a blatant disregard for the law.

"The bad choice Crook made meant that a man has lost his life through no fault of his own and his family faces a future without a loved one."

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