A Black Country businessman who caused the death of a motorcyclist when he drifted onto the wrong side of the road in his Jaguar has been jailed for two years.
Clive Robinson, who runs a hair salon, hit 57-year-old motorcyclist David Rudge head-on, throwing him from his machine onto the pavement on Portway Road, Oldbury.
Robinson, aged 47, of Stourbridge Road, Brierley Hill, then drove off. And he was only tracked down after police launched an appeal to find the Jaguar, which was badly damaged in the collision.
After his arrest, Robinson admitted to police that he had downed two bottles of Jamaican stout.
He admitted causing the death of Mr Rudge by dangerous driving and he was further banned from the roads for four years.
Mark Phillips, prosecuting, said: “No-one was able to test if he had been drinking to excess because he failed to stop at the scene.”
He said Mr Rudge, who lived in Hawfield Road, Tividale, near Oldbury, and had four children, two stepchildren and 14 grandchildren, was on his way to work at Metal Sections when he was struck by the X-type Jaguar.
Mr Rudge suffered a compound leg fracture, which was treated at hospital. He was discharged but eight days later he developed chest pains and collapsed and died.
His wife Kath Rudge, in a victim impact statement, described him as her “soul-mate and best friend” – someone who was “fantastic” with their children and passionate about motorcycles and motor sport.
Sarah Buckingham, defending, told Wolverhampton Crown Court, that Robinson was a man of unblemished character who had never before come to the attention of the police.
She said Robinson had been to visit an old friend in Birmingham and he was returning home in the early hours when he “momentarily” lost concentration.
“Now he will have to live forever with his guilt and the fact he is responsible for this man’s death,” she said. “He was not drunk or driving at an excessive speed. He made a dreadful, dreadful error that night.”
Judge Michael Dudley told Robinson: “I have come to the conclusion you drove the way you did because you were too tired. The fact is you should not have driven in that state.”