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Motorcyclist who hit pensioner in Kinmel Bay will not face court

Published date: 04 June 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MOTORCYCLIST who collided with an elderly pedestrian who later died will not be prosecuted, it was revealed at an inquest.

Witnesses described how 77-year-old Robert Marton walked into the path of the motorbike which was heading for the Asda store in Kinmel Bay.

The pensioner came out from between cars waiting at traffic-lights and was hit by the machine ridden by Stephen Jones from Rhyl.

Police collision investigators estimated that Mr Jones, who had turned down the road after coming from Rhyl, was doing between 18 and 34mph at the time.

Mr Marton, a retired salesman, of Aspen Close, Kinmel Bay, suffered head and chest injuries in the collision on July 27 and died at Glan Clwyd Hospital on August 12.

A post-mortem examination revealed that he died of pneumonia and a blood clot caused by his lengthy period of immobility in hospital.

Paul Ralphs, from Whitchurch, who was among motorists waiting to emerge onto the A548 Coast Road, told the inquest in Ruthin that the motorbike braked sharply but dealt Mr Marton a glancing blow as he stepped out.

“It’s a wide road there with an entrance to a service road and I felt that the rider could have manoeuvred round him,” said Mr Ralphs.

Mr Jones told police: “He stepped in front of me and that’s about it.”

Police collision investigator James Nobbs said that Mr Marton would have been visible for only 2.8 seconds, which was the same time that Mr Jones would have had to stop.
Mr Marton’s son James, from Rhydyfoel, told the hearing that he had had no contact with his father for seven years but he was aware that his father used to enjoy a drink and was a regular at the Kinmel Bay Club close to where the collision had taken place.

John Gittins, the coroner for North Wales East and Central, said there was no evidence on the level of alcohol in Mr Marton’s blood at the time.

He said he had been informed by the Crown Prosecution Service that Mr Jones would not be prosecuted.

“There have been slightly different views expressed and so I can perhaps understand why it was decided he would not be prosecuted,” Mr Gittins added.

The coroner recorded a conclusion of death by a road traffic collision.

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