A MOTORIST who had a "momentary lapse of concentration" which cost the life of dedicated dad has been fined £150.
Philip Joseph Cooper, 43, pulled across the path of 35-year-old Scott Campbell as he rode his motorbike on Whalley Road, Great Harwood.
Cooper, of Maple Street, Clayton-le-Moors, was also ordered to pay £115 costs and his licence endorsed with three penalty points when he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Blackburn Magistrates Court this week.
Mr Campbell, of Stourton Street, Rishton, died as a result of the collision, which left his family devastated.
In letters read to the court his mother Leslie Campbell said only a mother who had lost a child could have any understanding of the "pain and emptiness".
She said: "I wake up in the morning thinking I have had a terrible dream and then I realise I won’t see my son again,"
"He was a decent person who loved and cared for his family and I feel like I have been robbed of the years to come. I like to think he is with his dad, grandma and grandad and that some day I will see him again."
Wife Mary Campbell said the loss of her partner, who was also a grandad had left a void in her life that could never be filled.
"He was the most caring man I have ever met," said Mrs Campbell. "When we fell in love I already had three children and he brought them up as his own. My eldest daughter is getting married next year and he was looking forward to walking her down the aisle.
"He won’t see his own son Joe grow up, help him mend his first car or take him for his first pint. The plans we shared for our future have now been shattered.
"Every day I hope he will walk through the door with his beautiful smile. I miss my best friend and soul mate."
Mr Campbell’s granddaughter Bethany also wrote a letter which was read out by prosecutor Pat Bramley.
She said it hadn’t been the same without her grandad and that sometimes when she was in bed she wished she was "up there" with him.
"I want to kiss him and cuddle him but I know I can’t do that anymore," she added.
Pat Bramley, prosecuting, said Cooper was driving along Whalley Road heading for Read Garden centre.
Witnesses said he pulled to the centre of the road and stopped, indicating to turn right. The driver of the car behind said he saw the motorbike coming down the hill from the direction of Whalley.
He said Cooper’s vehicle seemed to pause as it crossed the carriageway as if he had missed a gear.
Michael Blacklidge, defending, said the tragedy had been "keenly and acutely" felt by his client who was a man of impeccable previous good character.
He said his client was a Class 1 HGV driver who drove up to 100,000 miles a year and had never committed a driving offence.
"This was a momentary lapse of concentration on my client’s part which has had tragic consequences," said Mr Blacklidge.
"He says it is not in the back of his mind, it’s right there at the front. It is always there and never goes away."
Paramedics treated Mr Campbell at the scene for multiple injuries and he was taken by ambulance to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. But he never regained consciousness.
He leaves his wife Mary, children Keely, Amy, Adam and Joe, grandchildren Bethany, Leighton, Bailey and Lacie.