Upton Man’s Widow Has Instructed Specialist Lawyers At Irwin Mitchell
The widow of a motorcyclist from Chester has spoken of her relief after a woman pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court to causing death by careless driving.
Kevin Jackson, 42, was killed when he was involved in a collision with a car near Chester around 7pm on 3rd July last year. Kevin was riding his Yamaha motorcycle on the A450 Parkgate Road, in Mollington, when the collision with a dark grey Vauxhall Corsa, driven by defendant Ellen Glenndinning, occurred.
The car was stationary on the road after coming to a sudden and unexpected stop as Kevin was riding round a bend. Kevin was left with insufficient time to avoid the collision. He was taken by an ambulance to Countess of Chester Hospital, but died from his injuries soon after the accident.
On Monday 24th September 2018, at Chester Crown Court, Glenndinning from Burton, Neston, in Cheshire, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving. Glenndinning received a community order with a provision for offender rehabilitation and a one year driving ban.
Following the accident Kevin’s widow, Helen Jackson, 49, instructed specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office to support her though the legal process.
Helen, who was married to Kevin for eight years prior to the accident, said: “Kevin’s death absolutely devastated the family. Both Jodie, Kevin’s stepdaughter, and I still have not come to terms with the fact that he is no longer with us.
“He was a pivotal member of the family, who was much-loved and well-respected in the community.
“In a way, the guilty plea brings with it the relief that we will not have to go through a trial, but the hard truth is that nothing will ever bring Kevin back and that is just heart-breaking.”
Kevin, who had been an engineer at Unilever for 18 years, had recently begun a new career as a self-employed kitchen-fitter.
Sarah Adams, the fatal accidents specialist at Irwin Mitchell representing Helen, said: “This is an incredibly sad example of the fatal consequences of careless driving, as well as highlighting the pain caused for those who have lost a loved one.
“We welcome the defendant’s guilty plea, sparing the family the pain of a trial.
“Kevin’s death highlights the need for other drivers to take note and be more responsible when on the road. Nothing is more important than your own safety and the safety of others on the roads.
“We will continue to support Helen and Jodie, to ensure they receive the support they need in this difficult time.”