Alan Cronin was killed when he was struck from behind by Polish national Damian Niepieklo on the A483; his bike was launched into the safety barrier alongside the road.
Niepielko did not stop and when he was later stopped by police in Lancashire he claimed to have hit a tree. He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was remanded in custody.
He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving, but not guilty to the charge of failing to stop at the scene of a collision. He was however found guilty of the second charge by magistrates. In October 2015 he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for the former charge and 3 months for the latter, to run concurrently. He was also banned from driving in the UK for two years, and was ordered to pay a criminal court charge of £520 and a victim surcharge of £80. Costs were waived due to his time remanded in custody.