Sheffield death-crash driver freed after appeal

Former boxer Thomas Bradley was killed in a road accident in 2011.
Former boxer Thomas Bradley was killed in a road accident in 2011.
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A careless motorist who caused a former Sheffield boxer’s death through a ‘momentary lapse’of attention has been freed on appeal.

Wen Zhao, aged 26, drove his Ford Fiesta into the path of Thomas Bradley after failing to spot the motorcyclist, London’s Appeal Court heard.

Judge Melbourne Inman QC said Mr Bradley, aged 38, of Richmond, Sheffield, had a six-year-old son.

He said: “His family are still grieving and seeking to deal with their loss”.

Zhao, of Broomhall Street, Broomhall, Sheffield, had stopped at the junction of Manchester Road and Rivelin Valley Road, near Stannington, before the impact.

The court heard he failed to see Mr Bradley’s Yamaha motorbike as he emerged, across the biker’s path.

Zhao was jailed for nine months at Sheffield Crown Court in March after admitting causing death by careless driving over the June 2011 tragedy. He was also banned from driving for two years.

However, his lawyers challenged the sentence, arguing it was too tough.

Judge Inman, sitting with Lord Justice Treacy and Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart, said Zhao had been driving carefully before the crash and it momentary inattention with catastrophic consequences.

He said it was ‘an error for which he will carry responsibility for the rest of his life’,

However, there were no serious aggravating features to Zhao’s crime, said the judge, who replaced his prison sentence with a community order and 50 hours of unpaid work.