Speeding driver stopped near scene of fatal crash in Rotherham told police his takeaway was getting cold

A speeding driver who was stopped close to the scene of a fatal collision in Rotherham told police his takeaway was getting cold.

Saturday, 28th December 2019, 1:08 pm

Officers were carrying out checks on East Bawtry Road, close to where a man died in a crash a few days before Christmas.

South Yorkshire Police today described how 10 drivers were stopped during the course of a couple of hours on the stretch between Worrygoose Roundabout and Wickersley, where the limit is 40mph.

It said many more could have been stopped for speeding had the officer conducting the checks not been busy dealing with other motorists.

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The driver of this red Seat Ibiza was caught doing 62mph in a 40mph zone on East Bawtry Road in Rotherham
The driver of this red Seat Ibiza was caught doing 62mph in a 40mph zone on East Bawtry Road in Rotherham

Of those stopped, six were given verbal warnings for their speed.

One driver caught doing 51mph was issued with a Traffic Offence Report, which police said could mean a £100 fine and three points on their licence.

The driver of the red Seat Ibiza pictured was clocked at 62mph.

“His excuse for his speed was that his takeaway was getting cold,” said police.

“He was reported on summons for a hot date with the magistrates, who will decide whether this is a reasonable excuse. Somehow I think they won’t!

“Chances are this driver may get six points and because he’s still classed as a new driver he may have to retake his driving test.”

Jay Maxfield, aged 31, died following a crash on Bawtry Road in Brecks on Saturday, December 21.

Friends, who described him as an ‘absolute diamond’, set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral.