Hit-and-run driver avoids jail

North Somerset Courthouse

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A BIKER was ‘lucky not to be killed’ after being injured by a hit-and-run driver.

Michael Hodgkin crashed into motorcyclist Craig Roberts in a crash in Weston on November 11.

North Somerset Courthouse was told on Monday that the 36-year-old failed to stop after the accident in Locking Road.

Hodgkin, of Fulmar Road in Milton, pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident, plus further charges of failing to provide a breath specimen and driving while unfit through drink.

Chris Barke, chair of the bench, said Hodgkin’s actions were ‘appalling’ and he had seriously considered handing down a prison sentence.

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He added: “The motorcyclist could have been killed. It was lucky that he wasn’t.”

Hodgkin was sentenced to carry out 250 hours of unpaid community work and given a 12-month supervision order.

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He was also banned from driving for four years as it was the second similar offence he had committed in the past 10 years, and he will need to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

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