A group of motorcyclists have been sentenced following a horrific crash near Dorchester which left two people with life-changing injuries.
29-year-old Adam Wilde of Carnation Road in Swaythling in Southampton, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He's been jailed for three and a half years for each offence to run concurrently. He's also been banned from driving for five years.
The court heard that on the morning of Saturday 7 May last year Wilde was among a group of seven motorbikes and nine people who had gathered at McDonalds at West Quay in Southampton for a ride-out to Weymouth.
The group left Southampton and made their way to Dorset, stopping briefly on a layby off the A31 opposite The Coventry Arms before riding off again toward Weymouth.
Wilde rode a 1300cc Suzuki Hayabusa bike and was carrying a 16-year-old teenage girl from Southampton as a pillion passenger.
Another member of the group, Daniel Lincoln who is 21 years old and of Caerperis View in Fareham, rode a Kawasaki Z300cc and was also carrying a pillion passenger. He wore a chest-mounted camera that captured the ride-out and the aftermath of the collision.
The camera footage later recovered by officers was played to the court and showed a catalogue of dangerous driving manoeuvres.
Wilde, Lincoln and Nima Biniaz – a 19-year-old man from Hulls Road in Southampton who rode a Yamaha NR250 – were seen overtaking vehicles ignoring solid white lines. Near to Stag Gate on the A31 Adam Wilde and Biniaz pulled wheelies and were clocked travelling at speed in a 40mph zone.
The court was told that the group left the petrol station and the trio were caught travelling along the A31 at 70mph in a 40mph zone and pulling wheelies. As they moved onto the A35 Puddletown bypass, witnesses said they saw Biniaz pull more wheelies and overtake vehicles at speed. Adam Wilde was heard on camera say “175 in fifth gear and still more to go”.
Biniaz, Wilde, Lincoln and Ellis Caplen – who rode a Yamaha R6, is 21 and of Mousehole Lane in Southampton – pulled over into a layby on the A35 as the three other bikes continued. The four were seen by witnesses to ride away from the layby at speed with some pulling wheelies.
The teenage girl travelling on Adam Wilde’s bike sustained catastrophic life-changing injuries, including two bleeds on the brain, severe damage to both of her arms, which she is still unable to use, and a large open wound on her abdomen which required major skin graft surgery.
One of the motorcycle riders suffered a broken right arm and leg and another broke his right hand.
Adam Wilde suffered a broken shoulder blade, injuries to his hand and foot and severe grazing.