A motorist who caused the death of a teenage motorcyclist from Stowmarket has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
Nathan Ramsey, 23, had been driving at up to 85mph when he collided with the rear of the motorcycle being ridden by Crow Mortimer Jaydee on the A14 on January 4 last year.
On Friday at Ipswich Crown Court, Ramsey from Bacton, Norfolk, who pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving was sentenced to 33 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months.
The court heard that Mr Jaydee, of Holst Mead, Stowmarket, had been on his way to celebrate his mother’s birthday when the fatal collision occurred.
Prosecuting, Laura Kenyon said Ramsey had failed to spot Mr Jaydee’s motorcycle and had collided with the rear of it on the A14 near Ipswich.
Miss Kenyon said it was accepted that the rear light of the motorcycle had been malfunctioning but it was impossible to say whether it was illuminated at the time of the collision which took place at 8.40pm.
Another motorist’s attention had been drawn to Ramsey who had driven close to the rear of their vehicle before overtaking and disappearing from view at speed.
In mitigation, Charles Myatt said Ramsey had expressed “huge remorse” for his actions and the death of Mr Jaydee had left him feeling “devastated.”
Ramsey, who had no previous convictions, had been travelling at excessive speed, said Judge John Devaux who banned him from driving for 15 months and ordered Ramsey to pay £1200 prosecution costs.