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Thursday, 05 March 2015

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Biker's danger driving charge after fellow rider suffers brain injuries

A biker involved in a crash on a notorious road in Cumbria has appeared in court accused of causing brain injuries to another motorcyclist by dangerous driving.

Robert Surrey, 67, was taken by ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle after the crash on the A686 near the Hartside café on Sunday July 14 last year.

He was in collision with an oncoming motorcycle while allegedly overtaking a car as he rode towards Melmerby.

He needed surgery, though he suffered only relatively minor injuries, but the other rider, 38-year-old Paul Tavern, who comes from Liverpool, was more seriously hurt.

He suffered serious head injuries and was given life-saving first aid until a doctor and paramedics arrived.

He was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by air ambulance. Mr Tavern spent a long time in hospital and was left with what was described in court as “a degree of brain injury”.

Surrey, of Kenton Road, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, denied causing Mr Tavern serious injury by riding his Yamaha FZS 1000cc motorcycle dangerously.

He was remanded on unconditional bail and will go on trial in May.

The trial is due to last for three days.


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