Sheffield gran’s ban cut after biker dies in crash

Paul 'Nick' Robinson, who was killed on his motorbike by Sheffield driver Jill Redgrave, aged 62, in North Yorkshire in August 2012.
Paul 'Nick' Robinson, who was killed on his motorbike by Sheffield driver Jill Redgrave, aged 62, in North Yorkshire in August 2012.
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A gran from Sheffield who killed a biker after pulling out in front of him in her car has been banned from driving for a year.

Jill Redgrave, aged 62, was originally banned from driving for life for causing the death of Paul Robinson, known as Nick, on a North Yorkshire road last August.

However, after her defence team appealed against the lifetime ban, claiming it was too harsh a punishment, Redgrave’s sentence was reduced to 12 months.

Redgrave, of Marsh House Road, Bents Green, pulled out in front of experienced motorcyclist Mr Robinson in her Toyota Rav4 on the B6479, near Settle, on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

Skipton Magistrates’ Court heard Redgrave, who had been staying nearby while on a short walking holiday, was joining the road from an access lane when she drove in front of Mr Robinson, who was part of a group of six riders.

He moved into the middle of the road in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the Rav4, and suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision.

He was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary, but died 20 days later.

Caroline Midgley, prosecuting, said Mr Robinson, aged 64, had retired from his job as a PE and maths teacher in the Cleveland area.

She said he was a qualified rider observer with the Cleveland Advanced Motorcyclists Group and had ridden thousands of miles across Europe.

Redgrave, who worked as a principal officer of waste strategy with the Environment Agency, admitted causing death by careless driving.

She was also sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid work, fined £210, and ordered to pay £150 costs.

Sergeant Pete Stringer, of Skipton Roads Policing Group, said: “The warnings about bikers riding responsibly are very well documented.

“However, on this occasion, it was a car driver who was at fault and it is down to all motorists to take it upon themselves to ensure the safety of themselves and other road users.”