Death crash biker convicted

The scene of the accident on Mythop Road, Weeton, in September 2012.
The scene of the accident on Mythop Road, Weeton, in September 2012.
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A Blackpool man has been convicted of dangerous driving following a collision in Weeton in which two people were killed.

Daren Leslie, 37, of Rectory Road, Blackpool, was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial at Preston Crown Court – but was convicted on a charge of dangerous driving.

The incident happened on Sunday, September 9 2012, when motorbike rider Patrick Creswell, 46, and his pillion passenger, mother-of-two Suzanne Smith, 25, both of Newhouse Road, Marton, died following a collision with a tractor towing hay bales on Mythop Road shortly before 4pm.

Leslie had been the rider of a second motorbike on the road at the time.

He will now be sentenced before the court at a later date.

Today, the families of the pair spoke of their relief at the end of the case.

A statement released from the families said: “The conviction of Daren Leslie has been welcomed by both families of Suzanne and Patrick as it brings this horrible incident to an end and both families can now really start the grieving process. We are happy with today’s result and we would like to thank the police for all their hard work and support since this incident.

“Sunday, September 9 will always be a dark day for everyone involved.

“Not only did two people lose their lives, but we have all lost a part of us.

“The only thing we can hope is that this horrific incident will serve as a stark reminder to motorists as to how fragile life is, and wish that no one should endure the pain of losing a loved one in this way.”

PC David Dunn, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a tragic case in which two people lost their lives and I am glad the families have welcomed today’s result and can now start to finally grieve for their loved ones.”

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