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tractor driver who caused death of bike dealer banned for 3 years

A tractor driver has been banned from the road for three years for causing the death of a well-known figure in the biking community in Scotland. Colin Rutherford had worked as a Harley-Davidson technician at dealerships in Edinburgh and Glasgow, before setting up House of Custom with a friend in Clydebank. He was killed on 11 August 2018.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane told the accused that “despite the tragic consequences, in all of the circumstances I do not find it necessary to impose a custodial sentence on you”.

William Dykes, 61, was towing a trailer when he pulled in front of a Harley-Davidson driven by Mr Rutherford on the A77 in Ayrshire. Mr Rutherford was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.

Dykes, from Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, admitted driving without due care and attention and causing the victim’s death on 11 August 2018.

The court heard that the tractor driver failed to keep a proper lookout for oncoming traffic and crossed on to the opposite carriageway while turning into an access road for a farm.

The court heard that Dykes fought to revive Mr Rutherford with CPR until paramedics arrived but he died at the remote scene.

As well as being banned from driving, he was given a six-month curfew tagging order and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Gordon Nicol, defending, said Dykes could not explain why he failed to see the motorbike and added: “It was an awful moment of inattention that he will live with for the rest of his days.”

Passing sentence, Sheriff McFarlane said Mr Rutherford’s death had left a “massive void” in the lives of his family, some of whom were in court.

“I accept that you live with the fatal consequences of your actions every day and will continue to do so for the rest of your life,” she added.

“Despite the tragic consequences, in all of the circumstances I do not find it necessary to impose a custodial sentence on you.”

 

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