‘We’ll take justice fight to Parliament’

Reporter:

Helen Davies

THE grieving family of a motorcyclist killed in a crash plan to take their fight for justice to Parliament.

Andrew Wilson Jones, 36, from Connah’s Quay, died in June last year after a collision with a car being driven by a Wrexham woman.

Rachel Roberts, of Charles Street, Brymbo, had gone for a drive in a MG TF car when the crash happened on the A495 near Ellesmere, Shropshire.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court this week she was banned from driving for a year and was ordered to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.

Roberts, 25, who admitted causing Mr Wilson Jones’s death while driving when uninsured, was also ordered to pay £600 costs.

Philip Beardwell, prosecuting, said the car being driven by Roberts was fitted with specialist tyres that should not have been used on the same axle of the vehicle.

The court heard when the car was first produced Goodyear had made special tyres for it, but the company later issued guidelines to car dealerships saying the tyres should not be fitted to the same axle.

Mr Wilson Jones’ family is now calling for a law to be introduced banning driving with mismatched tyres.

They also say sentencing was too lenient given Roberts was uninsured.

“It needs to be looked into for the greater good of other people,” said Andrew’s civil partner David.

“I want to lobby Parliament to make it illegal to have mismatched tyres on a vehicle. If it was illegal to have mismatched tyres she would have got a greater sentence. I want to bring justice for Andrew.

“He’s lost his life but in a way I’m glad it’s coming to an end because it means I can start grieving for Andrew.”

Andrew’s parents Derek and Judith Jones, who live on Gegin Lane, Minera, near Wrexham, plan to work with David to lobby for tougher rules on tyres and harsher sentences for driving while uninsured.

“There are more of these vehicles out there with these tyres,” said Mrs Jones.

“In Germany you’re not allowed to put those tyres together. If you can’t get the right tyres you have to take the car off the road.”

Andrew, a former pupil at Bryn Offa High School, Wrexham, grew up in Minera but moved to Connah’s Quay to live with David in 2003.

On the day of the crash he had gone for a ride to Ellesmere, where he enjoyed sitting by the lake.

“He was an experienced rider and he’s been on police safety courses,” said Mrs Jones.

“He liked the fact he was respected for being sensible and safety alert when on his motorbike.

“We miss him beyond words. He hadn’t hurt anyone in his life. He was a caring, thoughtful man.”

Andrew, a member of a motorcycle group, also enjoyed playing golf.

“He was lovely,” said David, 33. “He was my best friend, we did everything together.”

Trial judge Peter Barrie said neither Mr Wilson Jones nor Roberts had done anything to cause the collision, but said Roberts should have checked to make sure she was insured when she borrowed her brother’s car. He said he was very concerned that the tyres had resulted in a catastrophic loss of control but said this was a matter for the coroner to address.

A spokesman for the Shropshire coroner said an inquest has not been opened yet but would be considered now the court case had finished.

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