Speed ‘could be factor’ in death of Locks Heath motorcyclist

TRAGEDY Marcus Lowbridge died in a motorbike crash
TRAGEDY Marcus Lowbridge died in a motorbike crash

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A MOTORCYCLIST’S speed could have been a factor in the accident which led to his death, a court has heard.

Angela Rawson of Northmore Road in Locks Heath has appeared in court charged with causing the death of Marcus Lowbridge by driving without due care and attention.

The 56-year-old entered a plea of not guilty to the charge during an appearance at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Lowbridge, 20, from Locks Heath, died after his Suzuki motorbike collided with Rawson’s Nissan Micra on Hunts Pond Road, near the junction of Admirals Road, in Titchfield Common at about 8.20pm on March 10.

Prosecutor Alicia Keen said: ‘In the view of the crown, given her background and there being no aggravating features, it’s quite simply that when turning right, Mrs Rawson turned in front of a motorcycle and the motorcyclist was killed.

‘The speed of the motorcyclist appears to be excessive so that may be a mitigating feature as far as she’s concerned, as she says she didn’t see him.

‘For those reasons I think it’s perfectly acceptable to hear this case in this court and for it to be dealt with by a community order.’

Graham Aiken, chairman of the bench, said: ‘Having heard from the prosecution we consider we can hear it here as a summary trial in magistrates court.’

However, when asked by the court advisor where she wants the case heard, a tearful Rawson said she was opting for it to be heard by a jury at crown court.

Several family members joined Rawson at court to support her.

Rawson has been remanded on unconditional bail and is due to appear back at the Fareham courts for a committal hearing on November 11.

Former Brookfield School pupil Mr Lowbridge worked at a garage and part-time as a nightclub bouncer in Southampton.

He was described by friends as a motorcycle enthusiast who was passionate about bikes and rugby and going to the gym.

In the days after his death friends kept a near-constant roadside vigil at the scene, with many leaving trinkets that reminded them of him.

And in the aftermath of the crash, the Casualty Reduction Partnership – made up of Hampshire and Fareham councils and police – began an investigation which was looking at the possibility of adding new safety measures at the northern end of Hunts Pond Road.