5:00pm Saturday 12th November 2011
A MINIBUS driver who “nudged off” a Harley Davidson rider has been found not guilty of causing death by careless driving.
Andrew Llewellyn, aged 43, of Manor Farm, Wiston, near Haverfordwest, had been driving to work when he was killed as he travelled along an approach road to Pembroke Power Station.
Swansea crown court heard how his motorcycle was in collision with a minibus driven by Stephen John Light, aged 53, of Waterloo Road, Hakin.
Mr Light had denied the charge.
Witnesses said they saw the minibus pull out to overtake a vehicle that was slowing to a stop just as Mr Llewellyn approached from the rear.
Mr Light said he had checked in his mirrors before starting to pull out.
He had noticed vehicles behind him but not the Harley Davidson.
He said he may have been doing as little as 10mph when he heard a scraping noise.
Experts estimated that Mr Llewellyn had been travelling at about 40mph before braking.
He died at the scene from head and spinal injuries.
The jury heard he had been wearing a “German soldier’s” type helmet which may not have been authorised as a crash helmet.
The jury also heard that since the accident double white “no overtaking”
lines had been painted and black and white posts had been installed to prevent vehicles parking on the verges.
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