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Three doctors could not save tragic biker Ben

Tragic: Ben Bowen
Tragic: Ben Bowen

THREE doctors who came across a road accident in Letterston could not save the life of a motorcyclist, a jury heard today.

It is alleged that Benjamin Bowen, aged 27, from Haverfordwest, was killed because of the careless driving of local resident Arthur Hunter, aged 88.

Hunter, of Gurndifog, Letterston, is said to have turned right across the on coming carriageway on the A40 and into the path of Mr Bowen’s Yamaha bike.

Hunter denies causing death by careless driving.

Swansea Crown Court heard today  (Dec 16) from Dr Manomie Edirisinghe, of the Argyle Surgery in Pembroke Dock.

In a statement read to the court she said, “I saw a young man lying in the road in front of a silver Peugeot.

“The casualty was face down with his head nearest the pavement. His crash helmet was near his head. I guessed the helmet had come off his head in the collision.

“I found him to be unresponsive and, with two other doctors who had stopped, we formed the opinion the casualty had passed away.”

Paramedic Paul Winkler said he saw debris “all around” the crash scene.”

He also examined Mr Bowen and declared him dead at the scene.

Ronald Rees had been driving behind Hunter in his Volvo XC90 and said in a statement, “A blue vehicle pulled out, travelling quite slowly. I would estimate he was going at around 25 mph.

“He was manoeuvring to turn right. I accelerated past and became aware of a shower of plastic fragments coming down like a rain shower.”

Mr Rees pulled over and walked back to the accident scene

Earlier, Ceredigion hockey development officer Julie McAdam had told how she saw Hunter’s blue Ford Focus turning right into a lane, and thought he had not given the oncoming motorcyclist enough time to avoid a collision.

The motorbike struck the Focus and slid sideways into the front of Miss McAdam’s Peugeot 308, causing her a broken arm and wrist.

The trial continues.

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