‘Charming’ biker killed by motorist who faces one-year driving ban

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 March 2018

John Puddy

John Puddy


The son of a Clevedon man who was killed while riding his motorbike says he is ‘disappointed’ with the conviction given to the driver who caused the crash.

John Puddy died aged 70 while riding a Suzuki motorbike with friends on the A39 between Farrington Gurney and Chewton Mendip on January 22 last year.

Simon Turner, aged 43 from Midsomer Norton, was test driving a Land Rover Freelander on the day when he attempted a U-turn in the road, turning the vehicle into Mr Puddy and killing him instantly.

Despite initially denying doing anything wrong, on the day of the trial Turner pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Bristol Crown Court.

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Turner was banned from driving for one year and sentenced to a community order with 180 hours of unpaid work.

Mr Puddy’s son, Alan, admits his family and friends are still finding it ‘very hard to accept’ the loss and believes the ban imposed on Turner should have been longer.

Alan said: “We are disappointed with the sentence really.

“He (Turner) admitted on the day he was to blame and he didn’t look properly.

“Obviously they didn’t extend the ban which is the only thing we wanted.

“He has cost himself a lot of money which obviously on a not guilty plea he would have been able to claim back.

“From my point of view if they had proven my dad was speeding on the day I might have been able to accept it more.

“It would still help me personally if I could sit down and see Turner’s remorse because it would have helped me move on.

“My dad only had about 0.9 seconds to react.

“It is still very hard to accept he is not here.”

Mr Puddy attended motorbike events in Weston and Cheddar, and was part of the South West and Wales Superbike club.

His son also created mugs in tribute to his dad to give to his friends at Christmas.

Alan added: “He was like a celebrity without being a celebrity – so well-known for doing good deeds and being a bit of a ladies man and a charmer.

“It’s just sad because he was such a popular guy.”

Turner, who lives in Langleys Lane, was also told to pay £2,000 costs and a victim surcharge.

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