Scunthorpe van driver jailed for dangerous driving after badly injured motor-cyclist left fighting for life
A Scunthorpe van driver has been locked up for eight months after driving through a red light and colliding with a motorcyclist in an incident that left his victim fighting for his life.
William Lilburn, 57, of Matlock Court, was convicted unanimously by a jury after denying dangerous driving in a trial at Grimsby Crown Court.
Sentencing Lilburn, Judge David Tremberg said he had taken account of the impact on the motorcyclist Gareth Robinson – who was given a five per cent chance of survival by doctors at the time of the crash.
The court heard he suffered a punctured lung, three breaks to one of his legs, kidney damage, a broken collar bone and four broken ribs.
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He is still in a wheelchair and can walk around his home only with the aid of crutches following the collision at around midday on November 20 last year.
Mr Robinson lost ten litres of blood and had to be taken to Castle Hill Hospital in Hull to have an operation to seal two of his arteries.
He broke his spine and suffered a series of other injuries in the collision – and his heart stopped at one point during the treatment.
In his victim impact statement, Mr Robinson said the injuries had affected his interaction with his children.
He had sold his treasured motorcycle for a reduced price, despite it being his main hobby.
The court heard he had given up his job and his partner Claire Bell had also given up her job in order to care for him at home.
The judge told how the collision happened when Lilburn went through the lights at the junction of West Common Lane and Ashby Road, despite there being three red lights.
He collided with Mr Robinson, who was riding to work on his motorcycle.
He said the rider was a "keen but careful motorcyclist".
Sentencing Lilburn, he said: "You had no memory of the journey from Frodingham Road.
"Had you been paying attention, you would have seen the motorist behind. She flashed her headlights as you went through the lights."
The van drove over the motorcyclist and his bike.
The judge said the victim had suffered multiple and enduring injuries.
He said the defendant was a "model citizen", having served in the Armed Forces and been a foster carer – and been referred to by friends as "generous and trustworthy".
Judge Tremberg said no sentence he passed could restore the health of the victim.
He sentenced him to eight months in prison.
For Lilburn, Mark Watterson said his client had called police the moment the collision happened.
He said: "He accepts his driving was not of an acceptable standard."
He added he had shown remorse and wanted to meet Mr Robinson, but had been advised he should not do so.