A FAMILY cheered as a careless driver, whose actions resulted in the death of a motorcyclist, was banned from the road. Natalie Marsh, 27, wept as she was banned from driving for two years. She had pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention
A FAMILY cheered as a careless driver, whose actions resulted in the death of a motorcyclist, was banned from the road.
Natalie Marsh, 27, wept as she was banned from driving for two years. She had pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention following an accident on August 21 last year that killed 39-year-old motorbike fanatic Malcolm Anderson.
Mr Anderson's fiancee Tracy Florentin, 41, said she hoped the verdict would send a message to all road users.
"I feel safer driving now she [Marsh] is off the road. We knew she wouldn't go to prison but we are pleased that justice has been done.
"Car drivers have to learn to look out for motorcyclists, check their wing mirrors and take care."
Marsh, a nurse, of Studlands Park Avenue, Newmarket, admitted she had failed to spot Mr Anderson as she tried to retrace her route after becoming lost on her way home from work in Boxworth.
As she turned right onto the B1086 from the B1089 at Somersham - close to The Windmill pub - she pulled across the path of Mr Anderson, of Taverners Drive, Ramsey, knocking him from his Kawasaki motorbike.
Eyewitnesses reported that Mr Anderson had been travelling at 'speed' before the collision occurred and last month an inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death.
At Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Prosecutor Christopher Jeyes said Miss Florentin has been suffering from depression and panic attacks since the death of her fiancé.
The couple, who had lived together for six years, were due to marry this year and planned to move to France to open a motorbike tour business.
Defending, Veronica Candy told magistrates that Marsh was 'devastated' by what had happened. She said: "She will not walk out of court thinking that it is behind her. She will remember this for the rest of her life.
"She has cared for a patient with brain injuries from a motorcycle accident and is very aware of the trauma these accidents can have."
She added that Marsh, who has a baby daughter, was also likely to lose her job after being disqualified from driving.
Magistrates also fined Marsh £500 and ordered her to pay £100 costs.
Outside the court, David Elliott, 40, a school friend of Mr Anderson's, said: "He was a truly great friend. We will miss him forever.