Plymouth woman charged over death of biker on A38

A WOMAN has been charged in connection with a traffic incident which resulted in the death of Plymouth father-of-three Paul Henderson. Devon and Cornwall Police yesterday announced that a 57-year-old Plymouth woman has been charged with ‘causing death by careless / inconsiderate driving’ following the fatal road traffic collision on January 30 this year. The woman has been bailed to attend Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on June 6. Mr Henderson, a Plymouth motorcyclist, died after a collision involving his blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and three other vehicles. The incident happened on the St Budeaux slip-road on the A38 Parkway. Following his death his devastated family members and friends described him as a “gentle giant”. The 45-year-old left behind his wife, Jackie, his sons Robert and Andrew, his daughter, Sarah, his parents, Carol and Gordon, as well as his brother and sister, David and Julie. He also left his two grandchildren, Harvey and Azura and his future grandchild who is due in the summer. In a heart-felt tribute the family said: “Paul was nothing but a saint, a gentle giant who was not just a husband, father, son, brother or grandson, but the whole foundation of his family. “Words cannot describe how much he is going to be missed by everyone.”

Plymouth biker Paul Henderson killed in A38 crash

A PLYMOUTH motorcyclist was killed in a four-vehicle rush-hour crash on the A38 at St Budeaux. The 45-year-old man, named locally as Paul Henderson of West Park, died at the scene of the collision on the Parkway.

A 57-year-old woman motorist, also from Plymouth, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. She was still in custody last night as The Herald went to press and was released overnight on bail until April 30. A blue Triumph Tiger motorbike, two cars and a van were involved in the accident yesterday at the bottom of the St Budeaux eastbound onslip. The accident came as emergency services dealt with a string of other crashes during the morning, causing long traffic delays. The emergency services were alerted to the St Budeaux crash at 6.57am by a member of the public. The road between Weston Mill and Crownhill was closed for almost eight hours, causing miles of tailbacks into South East Cornwall. Traffic delays were worsened by further rush-hour collisions, including three on the A38. There were also two more crashes involving motorbikes, on Outland Road and in Compton. No further serious injuries were reported.

Response Inspector Martin Taylor said: “We had a call three minutes before 7am from someone saying they were giving first aid to a motorcyclist who was badly hurt. “The emergency services attended but unfortunately he died of his injuries at the scene. There were four vehicles at the scene – a motorcycle, two cars and a van. “There is an investigation ongoing as to the dynamics of the collision, who was involved and in what order.”