A motorcyclist has been jailed for 14 months after being pleading guilty to dangerous driving on Bradley Stoke Way, resulting in an accident that saw a 13-year school student suffer “catastrophic” injuries, reports the Bristol Post.
Bristol Crown Court heard that Ross Warren, 44, of Foxborough Gardens, Bradley Stoke, was seen to be going “stupidly fast” before smashing his powerful Honda CB1300 bike into Ben Thompson, who was riding a push-along scooter over an informal crossing point near the Willow Brook Centre on the afternoon of Friday 30th September last year.
The court heard the youngster suffered horrendous injuries, including partial paralysis, and is still in Frenchay Hospital today, 15 months after the collision.
One expert witness estimated that Warren was travelling at up to 89.5mph prior to the crash, which occurred on a section of the road where a 40mph speed limit applied.
Warren was also banned from driving for six years and ordered to take an extended driving test before taking to the road again.
The incident (and an earlier one in February 2011) triggered a petition for improved pedestrian safety measures on Bradley Stoke Way that was signed by 3,932 people. South Gloucestershire Council has since installed a new Toucan crossing and extended the 30mph zone.
Read more: 13-year-old boy crippled by 90mph biker (The Post)
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