A Spalding driver who caused the death of a popular Lincolnshire motorcyclist when he overtook in foggy conditions was on Friday jailed for two years.
Edvinas Maciulevicius (25) was late for his job as a light goods driver when he tried to overtake a lorry on the A16 Cowbit bypass.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Maciulevicius was at the wheel of a left hand drive car which made the overtaking move more difficult and collided head-on with a Honda motorbike ridden by Cowbit man Marcel Banom.
Mr Banom (37), who was travelling to his job as a butchery supervisor at Dalehead Foods, died at the scene.
The lorry driver who was travelling in front of Maciulevicius told police he had clearly seen the light of Mr Banom’s motorbike and did not think it was safe for anybody to overtake him.
Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, told the court although speed was not a factor the crash happened just before 6am when Maciulevicius was due to start work – but he was still 16 miles from his destination.
Paramedics who attended the scene chose not to overtake because of the foggy conditions.
“It was dark and foggy,” Miss Bradley said. “Some witnesses described visibility as between ten and 100 metres. Visibility was clearly significantly impaired.”
Mr Banom, who lived at Peak Hill, Cowbit, was described in court as a very popular man, with hundreds of mourners attending his funeral. He had been in the UK for 12 years after moving from Slovakia and was in charge of 66 workers at Dalehead Foods.
In a moving statement which was read out in court his partner described him as her “knight in shining armour.” Mr Banom’s sister said he was a “person with a big heart.”
The car driven by Maciulevicius was unlikely to have passed a UK MOT and he was not insured, the court heard.
Maciulevicius of Piccard Drive, Spalding, admitted causing the death of Mr Banom by dangerous driving on March 12, 2014.
He was jailed for two years, banned from driving for five years and will have to take an extended driving test.