Posted: Mon 23rd Jan 2023

Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving in crash on A5 at Padog Bends

North Wales news and information

A man from Hampshire who caused a fatal collision on the A5 at Padog Bends in 2021 has been jailed. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Jonathon Godfree appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court today (Monday, 23 January) where he was sentenced to 16 months in prison. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The 63-year-old of Liphook had earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving following the collision which involved 52-year-old motorcyclist Jason Bown of Baslow in Derbyshire. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The collision – which involved two motorcycles, happened shortly after 1.30pm on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 on the A5 near Rhydlanfair. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Tragically, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, Mr Bown was pronounced dead at the scene. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Godfree sustained serious injuries during the collision and was taken to hospital. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Following a lengthy investigation, Godfree was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant Emlyn Hughes from the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “A family have been truly devastated by their loss of a much-loved son, brother and nephew and our thoughts are very much with them at this difficult time. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This was a completely avoidable collision in which Godfree had attempted to overtake two vehicles on a blind bend. He now has to live with the knowledge that his actions has resulted in the death of a much loved man. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This is a tragic case that once again shows how vitally important it is for motorcyclists to give their complete and unreserved attention whilst riding on the roads.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In addition to his prison sentence, Godfree was also disqualified from driving for two years and eight months. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​



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