Two Nottingham men have today been jailed for five years each for causing their friend’s death by dangerous driving whilst riding motorbikes at over twice the speed limit.
Kayne Price, 22, and Benjamin Wilson, 25, were convicted on Tuesday (May 21) after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Their friend Benjamin Gilson, 26, of Pyatt Street, The Meadows, died as a result of a head injury caused by a collision in Wollaton Road, Nottingham, at 11.23pm on 13 September 2017. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
They had been travelling toward Western Boulevard when Mr Gilson’s Honda bike and Price’s Yamaha bike collided.
Mr Gilson was wearing a motorcycle helmet but it separated from him mid-collision, meaning he had no protection in the later stages of the collision.
Price left his bike at the scene and fled on foot, leaving Mr Gilson lying in the road.
Wilson did not crash and was unhurt but he left the scene on his Suzuki, which he had taken without the owner’s consent.
All three bikes were on false plates at the time of the incident. Wilson hid the bike and changed the registration plates back to the correct ones after the incident.
The three men had travelled 2.4 miles from the Pelican pub at an average speed of 65mph – with the speed limit being 30mph – before the collision.
The prosecution said they kept overtaking each other as they travelled and this dangerous driving contributed to Mr Gilson’s death.
Price, of Westerham Close, Bilborough, was sentenced to five years in custody and banned from driving for 10 years. He also received 12 months concurrently for handling stolen goods in relation to his bike and three months for possessing cannabis.
Wilson, of White Lodge Gardens, Bilborough, was also jailed for five years and banned from driving for ten years. He was also given 12 months concurrently for perverting the course of justice after the accident.
Case Investigator Sarah Butler, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This incident led to the tragic death of a young father and has been devastating for his family and friends.
“Speed limits are there for the safety of all road users and when people go over the limit they put themselves and others at greater risk because they won’t have enough reaction time or space if something unforeseen happens.
“Tragedies like this, where one friend has died and two others are now in jail, highlight why it’s never worth risking it on the roads.”
In a victim impact statement, Mr Gilson’s mother Trish Varley said: “Ben has left a loving family behind.
“No one can know what this has done to me. I cannot face people in case they mention Ben. I struggle to cope but I have to be strong for Ben’s family. I have to make sure they are looked after, just like Ben did for them.
“No one had a bad word to say about Ben. He loved his life, and now it’s gone.”