A driver who knocked a motorcyclist off his bike on the Military Road – killing him – has been given 300 hours of community service and a two year driving ban.
David Bryan Napper, 70, of Chale Green appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court, Newport on Tuesday (12 April). The court heard how Reese Mitchell, 21, from Brading, was riding his Aprilla motorbike along the Military Road on 4 October last year, when it was in a fatal collision with a Jeep Cherokee being driven by Mr Napper. Mr Mitchell died at the scene. The court heard how Mr Napper, a former teacher for 35 years, was driving his Jeep Cherokee along the Military Road towards Freshwater. Mr Mitchell was riding his motorcycle behind Mr Napper’s car – both travelling in the same direction. As Mr Napper pulled out to overtake a vehicle in front of him, Mr Mitchell was already in the overtaking process – and a collision occurred. He was thrown from his bike and died at the scene. The court heard how a ‘moment of misjudgement’ by Mr Napper who failed to make a final check before attempting to overtake, had resulted in tragedy. In impact statements read out in court by Mr Mitchell’s parents, they said their lives had been completely turned upside down and changed forever, following the tragic incident. The court also heard a statement from Mr Napper in which he expressed his deepest sympathy and regret for what happened. Mr Napper – who pleaded guilty to causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving – was given a 300 hour community order, a two year driving ban and ordered to pay costs.