A FRENCH driver has denied causing the death of a 30-year-old Huddersfield man who suffered fatal injuries in a head-on crash.
Remy Lengo, 42, of Chapeltown, Leeds, went on trial at Bradford Crown Court yesterday accused of causing the death of motorcyclist Neil Manby by dangerous driving.
Prosecutor Ian Howard said both men had been on their way to work on the early morning of March 1 last year when Lengo's Rover car collided head-on with Mr Manby's Honda motor scooter on the Wakefield Road at Lepton, Huddersfield.
Mr Howard told the jury that the collision took place on the brow of a hill and that Lengo's Rover was on the wrong side of the road.
He said that although the prosecution did not have to prove why the Rover was on the wrong side of the road, because Lengo was a French national he might have reverted to driving on the right.
When he was questioned by police after the collision Lengo, who has lived in England for about three years, said he had been following a heavy goods vehicle which had pulled out to pass something parked on the nearside.
Lengo claimed that as the HGV went back on to its side of the carriageway he was confronted by Mr Manby coming towards him and it was too late to do anything about it.
Mr Howard said CCTV footage from a traffic light junction was checked after the accident and it appeared that the two HGVs seen on the footage had travelled along the road after Lengo's Rover.
During his police interview Lengo said: "I'm really sorry. I didn't expect these things. I didn't want to kill anybody.
"If this car hadn't stopped suddenly at the side of the road and the lorry didn't overtake the accident wouldn't have happened."
The trial continues.