A dentist who admitted causing the death of a Herstmonceux motorcyclist near Uckfield last summer, has been banned from driving and ordered to undertake 200 hours' unpaid work.
Dan Roworth, 48, from Shirley Drive, Hove, was driving his Mercedes CLS400 north on the A22 shortly before 8am on July 21 when he attempted to make a U-turn in the carriageway. His actions resulted in his car colliding with a motorbike ridden by 59-year-old Simon Tofield from Herstmonceux, who sadly died of his injuries at the scene.
On January 23, Roworth appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to one count of causing death by careless driving. He was sentenced on Friday (10 February) to a 12 month community order to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.
Lead investigator Sergeant Richard Hornsey, from the roads policing serious collision investigation unit, said, "This case highlights how a momentary lapse of judgement can have tragic consequences and affect the lives of so many people. All road users have a responsibility to ensure that the road is clear before they undertake any manoeuvre and they must take sufficient time to confirm that is the case.”