CCTV shows teen put bike in motorcyclist’s path before crash kills him instantly – The News


 Appalling CCTV footage captures the moment a 16-year-old boy pushes a bicycle into the path of a motorcyclist, killing him  The footage taken from a camera at the front of a property in a residential street, captures a large group of youths in a Bristol street  One hooded figure drags the YoBike – a bike hire company which operates in the South West city – and cycles into the street with one hand before dodging the motorbike as it rides straight over it  Michael Rice, 20, was not wearing a helmet as he sped down the road in the Hartcliffe estate in April this year  He applied his front brake and went headfirst over the handlebar before hitting the back of a parked van He died instantly from from neck and chest injuries.  The teen, who cannot be named, has today been sentenced to three years and two months in a Young Offender Institution at Bristol Crown Court  He pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Rice, accepting that he “unlawfully killed” him, on Thursday    Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, said reporting restrictions banning the identification of the defendant must remain in place following the case  He told the boy: “Your decision to drag a bicycle, on its side, off the pavement so as to cause an obstruction, was an unlawful and dangerous thing to do  “In my view, when you took the decision to do that dangerous thing, you were doing it so as to impress the older teenagers around you  “However, any reasonable person would have inevitably realised that doing so risked causing the motorcyclist some bodily harm It was a reckless act.”  During the trial, Adam Vaitilingam QC said the motorbike Mr Rice had been riding on April 5 had been stolen a day earlier  Mr Rice was from the Knowle West area of Bristol and was riding around the Hartcliffe area in a “provocative way”, he told the jury  The keen motorcyclist first passed the Fulford Arms pub on Fulford Road once, drawing attention to himself from a crowd of children and young people outside  He returned a second time, with people in the crowd suggesting that people should block the road to stop him – with one going forward on a bicycle to face him  The teenager, then aged 15, grabbed hold of the YoBike and dragged it into the road  Collision investigators calculated that Mr Rice was travelling between 52mph and 55mph at the time of the impact with the YoBike  Judge Blair said it would have been possible for Mr Rice to have stopped to avoid the bike but he was accelerating and pulling a “wheelie” at the time  “It was not the impact of the motorcycle with the bicycle which led to the fatality,” the judge said  “Instead it was his panicked reaction to what was in front of him in the road which led to him applying the front brake lever while the front wheel was still in the air  “Tragically, that led to him going over the handlebars of the motorcycle when it touched down and he was killed in an instant when he collided with a parked van ”  In a victim personal statement, Mr Rice’s mother Donna Rice described the impact of her son’s death on her family and his girlfriend  “Mike was a loving, caring person,” she said.  “It feels like so long since we have been able to see Mike’s cheeky smile and hear his infectious laugh ”  Andrew Langdon QC, representing the boy, said he was “horrified by the unintended consequences of his act”  The defendant was screened off from the public gallery during his trial and sentencing Read More Top news stories from Mirror Online  Members of Mr Rice’s family wept as the sentence was passed  Speaking after the case, Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio, of Avon and Somerset Police, paid tribute to the “courage and dignity” shown by them through the case  “We appreciate that to Michael’s family and the wider community this sentence may seem lenient,” he said  “We are now looking to consider making a formal appeal to have the sentence reviewed ”

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