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Driver jailed for U-turn which killed father of three

Conor Gosling Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver who killed a motorcyclist by attempting a U-turn on a busy road while returning from an all-night rave has been jailed.

Conor Gosling, 20, was driving home at about 11.25am on 4 August 2013 after attending a rave in Soham, when he attempted the manoeuvre across the A142 at its junction with Northfield Road.

He pulled out of the junction to head towards Ely, but immediately swung his Fiat Punto around in front of a motorbike being ridden by Anthony Pinney from Isleham Road, Fordham.

The 68-year-old father of three was killed in the collision.

Gosling, of Beauchamp Close, Eaton Socon, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for three years at Cambridge Crown Court.

He was also banned from driving for four years.

This case shows just how dangerous tiredness can be.

Gosling had not been to sleep that night and his fatigue was clearly a factor in not seeing the approaching motorcyclist.

It is a tragic case, but I hope others will take heed and never drive while tired.

– Sergeant Gareth Williams