Thursday 22 March 2018

Doctor driving sports car was travelling 20mph over speed limit when motorcyclist killed, jury hears

BMW's 4-series Convertible (Stock photo)
BMW's 4-series Convertible (Stock photo)

Benjamin Wright

A doctor behind the wheel of a high performance sports car was driving 20mph above the speed limit when he killed a motorcyclist, a jury has heard.

Cardiff Crown Court heard anaesthetist Vincent Hamlyn, 33, and rider Kevin Morgan, 60, were both "gunning" their engines after they set off from traffic lights.

Eyewitnesses described the pair as "jostling for pole position" as they joined a dual carriageway.

Following the collision, Mr Morgan suffered serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecuting counsel Matthew Roberts said that both Hamlyn and the late Mr Morgan were both going faster than the 40mph speed limit.

He said the defendant was travelling between 62 to 68 mph in a convertible BMW Z4 with the roof down while the deceased was riding a 300cc Kawasaki at around 56mph.

"They were trying to outpace and race each other to gain advantage because it is known the road goes into one lane," he added.

"Both were driving dangerously. But what cannot be ignored is the culpability of the defendant who had a direct causal link with the death of Mr Morgan."

The fatal crash occurred just off the Coldra M4 interchange near Newport, on June 21 last year.

Mr Morgan, a member of South Wales Superbikes club, was on a 60-mile ride with his friend, Gregory Sweeting, from the Leeway Industrial Estate in Newport to Raglan, Abergavenny, Brecon and mid-Wales.

The pair came to a standstill at a set of traffic lights before preparing to join the A449 towards Monmouth.

Mr Sweeting said as the lights turned green he heard Hamlyn's engine "roar" as well as seeing his pal also accelerate quickly.

He added: "The BMW floored it....and the Kawasaki was also going quickly."

But as the pair were about to go around a corner, Mr Sweeting said he heard a "loud bang" before seeing his friend's crash helmet scattered on the road.

A jury was told that Hamlyn - who has worked at hospitals in Cardiff, Abergavenny and Bridgend - soon realised the incident was fatal and was overheard saying: "I'm not calling it (pronouncing someone dead) as I'm involved in this accident".

A post-mortem examination revealed father-of-three Mr Morgan, of Cwmbran, suffered "catastrophic" and "massive" head injuries.

During cross examination, Mr Sweeting denied suggestions his friend had been at fault for pulling in front of the BMW while trying to outrun it.

Hamlyn, of Tutshill, near Chepstow, denies one count of causing death by dangerous driving.

The trial continues.

Press Association

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