A PENSIONER has been jailed for nine months after he collided head-on with a motorcyclist during a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre, a court heard.
Halifax woman Jean Kelly lost her leg and suffered life-threatening injuries after 69-year-old David Wilson tried to overtake a lorry on the A65 between Long Preston and Skipton.
Miss Kelly and her partner Graham Hill were each on their own Harley Davidson during the Sunday afternoon drive on September 12 last year.
Wilson smashed head-on into Miss Kelly as his underpowered Peugeot mini-van struggled to overtake the lorry. He also clipped Mr Hill’s bike, knocking him to the ground.
Miss Kelly was airlifted to hospital after the smash but doctors were unable to save her left leg and it had to be amputated above the knee.
David James, for Wilson, told Bradford Crown Court that he was sole carer for his wife and an immediate prison sentence would mean she had to be taken into residential care.
Judge Durham Hall said he was sympathetic to the plight of Wilson’s wife but stressed that the court’s concern was always for the victim.
He said every aspect of Miss Kelly’s life and enjoyment of life had been ruined and she had suffered psychologically.
Wilson was also banned from driving for six years although he said he would never drive again.