Jury clears man over fatal road crash near West Keal

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A MOTORIST has walked free from court after he was cleared of causing the death of a West Keal motorcyclist.

Fifty-eight-year-old Ian Duncan MacIntyre was driving his Jaguar XF sports car when he collided with a Ducati motorbike ridden by David Blackburn on the A155 at Hagnaby, Lincs.

Mr Blackburn, 53, from the nearby village of West Keal, died as a result of the crash which occured shortly after 5.30pm on April 9 last year.

The prosecution alleged Mr MacIntyre, from Foxton, Cambridgeshire, was driving carelessly when he pulled out of a staggered junction into the path of Mr Blackburn’s motorcycle.

But a jury at Lincoln Crown Court cleared Mr MacIntyre of causing Mr Blackburn’s death by careless driving after hearing he simply did not see the motorbike coming.

Mr MacIntyre was discharged from the dock after after the jury took just minutes to return their not guilty verdict at the end of a three-day trial.

The jury heard Mr MacIntyre, who was travelling with his wife, described the sun as low and blinding when he looked to the left as Mr Blackburn rode along the A155 from west to east.

Robert Underwood, prosecuting, said: “On April 9, 2011 at about 5.35pm David Blackburn was riding his Ducati motorbike. That motorbike automatically had illuminated its front light.

“The weather conditions were dry, the sun was bright, the sky was clear blue.

“Mr MacIntyre was the driver of a Jaguar motor car. His intention was to cross that junction and continue along that road, but as he pulled out of that junction the Ducati ridden by Mr Blackburn collided into his car.”

Mr Blackburn, who was travelling along the A155 between the villages of Eat Kirkby and East Keal, suffered fatal injuries.

The jury were told to consider the position of the sun at the time of the collision. Mr Underwood told them: “How low in the sky was the sun? How bright was that sun?

“What kind of impact did that have on Mr MacIntyre when he emerged from that junction.”

Mr MacIntyre, of Shepreth Road, Foxton, Cambs, denied a charge of causing death by careless driving following the collision on April 9 last year.