Driver sentenced for death of biker

Last updated 12:00 06/08/2014

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A Hunterville man who caused the death of a 52-year-old motorcyclist has been sentenced to 200 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months.

Mark Farrell, 20, had pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving causing death, after his ute collided with motorcyclist Norman Lessells on Taihape Napier Rd on January 2.

Farrell admitted a momentary lapse in concentration resulted in him crossing the centre line.

Lessells died in Hawke's Bay Hospital from injuries he suffered in the crash.

In the Taihape District Court on Monday, Judge Barbara Morris said Farrell was not speeding and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The judge said that the victim impact statement reflected the huge loss of a husband, a father and a friend.

"It also contained a measure of impressive forgiveness on their part," she said.

Farrell was last month referred to the restorative justice programme and met with Lessells' family.

"The restorative justice programme is not easy for you or for your victims. They spoke of the chasm left in their lives," the judge said.

"There is nothing the court can do to take away their grief."

The judge ordered Farrell's life savings of $5000 be paid as reparation for emotional harm to the Lessells family.

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- Manawatu Standard

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