A Crowborough dentist who admitted causing the death of a motorcyclist last summer has been banned from driving and ordered to undertake 200 hours’ unpaid work.
Dan Roworth, 48, who works at Mermaid Dental Clinic in Crowborough, was driving his Mercedes CLS400 north on the A22 Uckfield bypass shortly before 8am on Thursday 21st July when he attempted to make a U-turn in the road. His actions resulted in his car colliding with a motorbike ridden by 59-year-old Simon Tofield from Herstmonceux, who sadly died of his injuries at the scene.
On 23rd January, Dr Roworth who lives on Shirley Drive in Hove, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court. He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to one count of causing death by careless driving. He was sentenced on Friday 10th February to a 12 month community order to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.
Lead investigator Sergeant Richard Hornsey, from the roads policing serious collision investigation unit, said:
This case highlights how a momentary lapse of judgement can have tragic consequences and affect the lives of so many people. All road users have a responsibility to ensure that the road is clear before they undertake any manoeuvre and they must take sufficient time to confirm that is the case.