Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

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A motorcyclist who killed a pedestrian after colliding with him whilst travelling at more than double the speed limit has been jailed.

Paul Lebeau, 50 (19.06.1966) of Avondale Road, Bromley, appeared at the Old Bailey for sentencing on Tuesday, 31 January, after admitting to causing the death of 61-year-old Peter Taylor in a collision in Bow in January 2016.

He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey and on Tuesday, 31 January was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for eight years and 10 months, after which he must take an extended driving test. He
must also pay £4050 costs and a £125 victim surcharge.

Police were called to Mile End Road, E3 at around 12:40hrs on Sunday, 10 January 2016 following a collision involving a motorcyclist and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, later identified as Peter David Taylor, sustained multiple injuries and was taken to a central London hospital.

He died two days later, on 12 January. A post mortem examination gave cause of death as a head injury.

Lebeau was knocked off his Yamaha motorcycle and also required hospital treatment. He was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was charged on 24 September 2016 with causing death by dangerous driving, and admitted the offence at the Old Bailey on 16 December.

Witness accounts and police enquiries found that Lebeau was travelling at high speeds, of 74mph, on a road with a 30mph speed limit.

The court heard that he had a previous conviction for dangerous driving dating back to 2012.

A/DS Amy Trencher from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “The extremely reckless driving of Lebeau has resulted in a tragic conclusion. The speed he choose to travel posed a danger to all road users. I hope today’s verdict gives some small comfort to the family of Peter who have behaved with the upmost dignity throughout what has been a very upsetting ordeal.”

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