Biker, 16, in court following collision in Smallthorne
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with dangerous driving following a motorbike crash which left two teenagers seriously ill in hospital.
The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with driving a Honda off-road scrambler dangerously in Smallthorne on September 28.
The bike was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa at 8.05pm at the junction of Ford Green Road and Jolley Street.
The 16-year-old, of Hanley, has been charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and without a licence.
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No pleas were entered and his solicitor Kate Shufflebottom successfully applied for the case to be adjourned.
She told the magistrates: "It may be the case the Crown can only prove driving without due care and attention, rather than dangerous driving."
Magistrates adjourned the case until Monday, May 14.
At the same court yesterday, the driver of the Corsa, Richard Boyd, aged 25, of Kendrick Street, Longton, pleaded guilty in writing to driving without insurance and using a vehicle with a defective tyre.
Natalie Merchant, prosecuting, said: "Mr Boyd was using a Vauxhall Corsa in Ford Green Road with the junction of Jolley Street.
"No insurance was in force and the front offside tyre had tread with less than 1.6mm.
"There was a road traffic collision and the Corsa collided with a motorcycle."
In his letter to the court, welder Boyd said he was disappointed with himself and added he will not be making the same mistake twice.
Magistrates fined Boyd £275 and he must pay £60 costs. He was also given eight penalty points.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation continues into the incident.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Two people have been charged with a number of offences following a road traffic collision last September.
"The incident occurred in Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, on September 28 and involved a Honda CR85 off-road scrambler and a Vauxhall Corsa.
"The teenage rider of the scrambler was charged with dangerous driving, having no insurance and driving without a licence.
"The male driver of the car was charged with having no insurance and using a vehicle with insufficient tyre tread.
"Following the collision a detailed police investigation was carried out and a file prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
"On the direction of the CPS the two males were reported for summons and subsequently charged.
"The force's Professional Standards Department is aware of this incident and is monitoring the police investigation on behalf of the Independent Police Complaints Commission."