Uckfield bypass death crash: driver sentenced

A dentist who caused the death of a motor-cyclist in a crash on the Uckfield by-pass has been banned from driving and must do 200 hours’ unpaid community work.

Sussex Police have issued the following media release:

Dan Roworth, 48, of Shirley Drive, Hove, was driving his Mercedes CLS400 north on the A22 shortly before 8am on July 21 when he attempted to make a U-turn in the carriageway.

His actions resulted in his car colliding with a motorbike ridden by 59-year-old Simon Tofield from Herstmonceux who died of his injuries at the scene.

Pleaded guilty

On January 23, Roworth appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to one count of causing death by careless driving.

He was sentenced on Friday (February 10) to a 12 month community order to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Tragic consequences

Lead investigator Sergeant Richard Hornsey, from the roads policing serious collision investigation unit, said: “This case highlights how a momentary lapse of judgement can have tragic consequences and affect the lives of so many people.

“All road users have a responsibility to ensure that the road is clear before they undertake any manoeuvre and they must take sufficient time to confirm that is the case.”

Background information from UckfieldNews.com files:

The crash happened between the Bell Lane and Little Horsted roundabouts.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance attended.

Our report from last June here

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