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Steve Farrell  says:

Mismatched tyres ‘could have caused fatal smash’

A motorist who span across the road killing a biker could not be tried for careless driving because her tyres were mismatched, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.  The CPS says there was no point proceeding with the charge because it could not be proved the crash wasn’t caused by the tyres, which were legal but not recommended by the...

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Jan 12

Posts: 5

benb404 says:

The 'slight' mismatch in tyres would only make the difference if she was absolutly thrashing it and one tyre could hold on the road and the other couldnt. Ive got mixed, branded, spec, tread tyres on my car. Yes the front ones match, but many people have all sorts of mixed tyres. Including crappy budget tyres

I might just fit random tyres to all my wheels just to cover my back...

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Oct 11

Posts: 87

I can't believe many people actually use the tyres reccomended by the manufacturer. I just go to my local "used tyre" dealer and get whatever they have.

The British legal system really is f+cked up when you aren't held responsible for the vehicle you're driving.

Someone has to be responsible, either the car owner or the driver.

Surely a private law suit should get a more sensible outcome.

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Mar 09

Posts: 11

ThePhantom says:

sounds like she had the money to get a good lawyer and get her off,i hope it eats away at her soul.

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Sep 10

Posts: 1318

SatNavSteve says:

The CPS probably thought 'oh, it was only a biker she hit'! so it doesn't matter then. If a biker had skidded and hit a pedestrian and killed them and was found to have 2 different tyres, they would be behind bars by now. After all, as already pointed out, bikers get jail just for going too fast without having an accident. Sincere condolences to the bikers family and I hope we see real justice in the future because whether she had the right tyres or not, (a tiny difference in grip! maybe) a sports car like that should stick to the road like the proverbial to a bed blanket so how fast and out of control was she going. Maybe she has family who have money or influence, just a thought!

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Nov 05

Posts: 3

ibking says:

Getting away with murder is common here in California where money talks.

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Sep 02

Posts: 25

dghackett says:

Justice joke

I do not know the road that the accident happened on but I have both driven cars and bikes with mismatched tyres. I have never had an accident that I could say the tyres contributed to. If she had been driving with in the road conditions and her capabilities then she would not had hit Mr. Wilson-Jones. She should have been band for longer, a lot longer and made to sit a re-test prior to being allowed back on the road.

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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:

What the hell is wrong with the UK?? This country just gets better and better (sarcasm)!!!!!!!!

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Mar 10

Posts: 22

nakedbri says:

Utter bo****cks

Everything about this shouts loud and clear that this country'e legal system is screwed. She may as well have shot him, without a license, then claimed the shotgun she was using had two mismatched cartridges. The fact that she was driving illegally, and obviously dangerously should be enough. But to get off on such a pathetic technicality. The fact that she has escaped any kind of custodial sentence and even worse, that she will be allowed to apply for a license at all, let alone 12 months. And what price an innocent man's life, £0, as the fine was to cover costs only. Well I'm glad the court and the solicitors got paid! I feel for Andrews family, if ever there was a travesty of justice, then this is it, surely. I hope you read this thread Rachel Roberts and I hope your conscience forces you to make amends beyond your'punishment'. Your life should be dedicated to nothing else. You are nothing more than a an irresponsible moron who has taken an innocent man's life and destroyed his family and friends. I hope you're so very proud of your selfish actions.

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Jul 07

Posts: 17

rickster999 says:


Another case of killing a biker = same punishment as shoplifting.

And I can't see the EU High Viz vest law having avoided this.

I'm so angry that the fact they couldn't prove the tyres were NOT the cause, means a lesser charge is applied.


From the sentence given, our great country's legal system values Andrew's life at £1225.

100 hours minimum wage plus the costs.

I do hope the karma police are on Rachel's case, RIP Andrew - say hello to Marco.

Thought's to Andrews family.




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May 05

Posts: 36

bikerred says:


She was uninsure & so should have not been on the road, therefore the accident is 100% her fault

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