Road-ban biker killed man, 82


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREW BARD­S­LEY an­drew.bard­s­[email protected] @ABard­s­leyMEN

A MO­TOR­CY­CLIST who knocked down and killed an 82-year-old man af­ter a football match sped off leav­ing him with grave in­juries.

Bernard Han­cox was walk­ing away from a Manch­ester City women’s match with his nephew Christo­pher Har­ri­son.

As they were cross­ing the road, 25-year-old John Keenan was rid­ing his Suzuki mo­tor­bike along Ash­ton New Road – de­spite be­ing banned from driv­ing at the time.

He sped off from traf­fic lights, reach­ing speeds of 55mph in a 30mph zone and over­tak­ing a bus.

Keenan hit Mr Han­cox, who walked with a stick, as he was cross­ing the road with Mr Har­ri­son.

De­spite know­ing what he had done, Keenan sped off.

He tried to hide the bike in wood­land in Open­shaw, but po­lice later re­cov­ered it.

Mr Han­cox died from his in­juries about a month af­ter the crash.

Now Keenan, from Beswick, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Manch­ester Crown Court heard that fol­low­ing the match, on Septem­ber 26, Mr Han­cox and Mr Har­ri­son were walk­ing back to their car.

When they were cross­ing the road, the car­riage­way was clear and they deemed it safe to cross.

Keenan had been at traf­fic lights, and moved off at speed.

Af­ter over­tak­ing the bus he be­gan trav­el­ling to­wards the pair.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors later found there was ev­i­dence of heavy brak­ing.

But they also found that the rear brakes of the mo­tor­bike were de­fec­tive, and the brake pads were ‘worn down to the metal,’ pros­e­cu­tor David Lees said.

Keenan lost con­trol of the bike and ploughed into Mr Han­cox, who suf­fered ter­ri­ble in­juries, in­clud­ing bro­ken ribs, a bro­ken leg, a bro­ken pelvis, a bro­ken col­lar­bone and a col­lapsed lung. He died on Oc­to­ber 25.

Af­ter the col­li­sion, Keenan got up and drove off. He re­mained on the run for three days. The day af­ter, pros­e­cu­tors said Keenan or some­one act­ing on his be­half was seen try­ing to find the bike, in wood­land in Open­shaw.

Beswick pleaded guilty to caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing, caus­ing death while hav­ing no in­sur­ance and caus­ing death by driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied.

John Keenan

John Keenan was jailed for four-and-a-half years

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