Road-ban biker killed man, 82
MOTORCYCLIST SPED OFF AFTER HITTING TRAGIC PENSIONER:
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 was jailed for four-and-a-half years