Pair who caused death of young Notts mum in crash spared jail Suspended sentences for careless driving duo who caused death of young mother

Heanor mum of two Abbey Chambers killed in a motorcycle crash on Wednesday, February 4 2015 on the A610 near Eastwood.
Heanor mum of two Abbey Chambers killed in a motorcycle crash on Wednesday, February 4 2015 on the A610 near Eastwood.

A motorcyclist and a car driver have received suspended prison sentences for their roles in the death of a young mum-of-two in a crash in Nottinghamshire.

Abbie Chambers died following a road traffic collision on the A610 bypass at Eastwood on February 4, 2015.

Abbie, aged 21, was riding as a pillion passenger on the back of a motorcycle being ridden by Kyle Threlfall. A series of events led Mr Threlfall to lose control of his Suzuki Bandit motorcycle and Miss Chambers suffered fatal injuries as a result.

The court heard how Mr Threlfall was riding on the dual-carriageway A610 westbound in the outside lane when he pulled alongside a Peugeot 206 driven by 21-year-old Emma Fogg, of Priory Close, Ilkeston.

Fogg then began to pull out of the inside lane before spotting the motorcyclist and quickly pulling back into her original lane.

The manoeuvre caused Mr Threlfall to take action, braking and moving wider in the outside lane.

However, his motorbike was then struck from behind by a Yamaha motorbike ridden by 20-year-old Tim Sanders, of Morely Road, Chaddesden, Derby.

The collision caused both Mr Threlfall and Miss Chambers to fall from their bike. Miss Chambers suffered the most serious injuries and died at the scene.

A forensic collision report into the incident found it likely Fogg had failed to adequately check for traffic approaching from the rear before she commenced her manoeuvre.

The report also found Sanders had failed to maintain a safe distance to allow him to react suitably to the situation in front of him.

Both Fogg and Sanders denied causing death by careless driving, but both were found guilty by jurors at Nottingham Crown Court.

Fogg and Sanders were each handed four-month jail terms,suspended for two years, banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Detective Constable Katie Newton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This case has been particularly distressing for all involved, especially for Miss Chambers’ family and friends, but also for the driver and rider of the vehicles involved in the collision and the emergency services who attended the scene on the A610 on 4 February last year.

“The police and prosecution have never suggested that Fogg, nor Sanders, set out that day to deliberately hurt anyone, but this case highlights to us all that even the slightest error or misjudgement by any road users can have catastrophic consequences.

“Our condolences remain with Abbie’s family, who have continually behaved in a dignified and respectful manner throughout and we hope the conclusion of this case brings them some closure and enables them to move forward with their lives.”

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