York & North Yorkshire

Grassington driver blamed Trawden biker for own death

A driver who tried to blame a motorcyclist she crashed into for causing his own death has been banned from driving for 12 months.

Dominic Lee, 49, died in hospital after Michelle Marshall, from Grassington, North Yorkshire, struck his bike on the A65 near Skipton on 1 May 2013.

Marshall, 54, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving at Bradford Crown Court last month.

North Yorkshire Police said she had shown "no remorse for her actions".

The court heard that Marshall, who was driving a Hyundai ix20, had pulled out into the path of Mr Lee's Triumph Spirit.

Mr Lee, of Trawden, near Colne, Lancashire, was seriously injured in the collision, and died at Leeds General Infirmary.

Traffic Sgt Pete Stringer said that throughout her trial Marshall had "tried to blame Dominic for the collision".

He said: "I would like to pay tribute to Dominic's family for the dignity they have shown in such tragic circumstances, and I hope that Marshall's sentence can bring them some degree of comfort.

"Marshall needs to face up to the fact that her actions have resulted in the sad and untimely death of Dominic and hopefully today's sentence will help her to do that."

Marshall was given a 12-month community order, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

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