Motorist cleared of causing biker's death in Lincoln
A charity worker has been cleared of causing the death of a motorcyclist in a crash in Lincoln.
Motorist Celia Madden, 53, pulled out of a junction into the path of John Baxter, 51, from Branston, who was seriously injured and died in hospital.
Mrs Madden turned right from Hall Drive, Canwick, as Mr Baxter rode his Suzuki bike along Canwick Road away from the city after visiting his daughter.
Lincoln Magistrates' Court heard the impact broke one of the bike's wheels and pushed the front of the Ford Focus sideways.
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One witness described seeing the motorbike coming up the hill "at a heck of a lick".
But police were unable to say how fast it was going.
Neither was it possible to say whether Mrs Madden could see the motorcycle, the court heard.
Another motorist said he went to the crash scene where Mrs Madden said: "I didn't see him."
The court heard Mr Baxter appeared to attempt to swerve around the front of the car, rather than the expected escape option behind it.
Mrs Madden, of Cliff Lane, Washingborough, denied causing death by driving without due care and attention on September 29, 2011 and was found not guilty.
She had been heading to Morrisons in Lincoln with her mother and had taken the Hall Drive diversion to avoid heavy traffic.
Lloyd Edwards, defending, asked Mrs Madden how sure she was that, in her last glance to the right before moving from the junction, the road was clear.
"One hundred per cent sure," replied Mrs Madden, who is project manager for West Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service.
In police interview, Mrs Madden said: "As far as I could see the road was completely clear.
"So I pulled out, I must have been near the middle of the road and the bike came really quickly.
"I would say he was going 50mph or more.
"All I can remember was seeing him a few metres away and then he hit. It happened so quickly.
"I got out of the car. I had to go and find out if the bloke on the bike was all right."
District Judge John Stobart said: "I have deep sympathy for Mr Baxter's family but I cannot say that his death results from any lack of due care and attention of Celia Madden and I find her not guilty."