Rainham motorcyclist will be ‘loved forever’, says wife as driver is sentenced for causing death

PUBLISHED: 17:57 18 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:21 20 November 2013

The wife of a Rainham man, who died whilst riding his motorbike last year, says her husband will be “loved forever” on the day the man who caused the crash is sentenced.

Kevin Colgate, 54, of Purfleet, pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court to causing the death of David Dawe, of Fyfield Road, by careless driving.

He was handed a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and a year long driving ban. He will also have to complete 100 hours unpaid community service, and pay £1,000 costs.

The crash occured at around 4pm on Sunday, October 28, 2012 on the A1306 Arterial Road, in Purfleet. Mr Dawe was riding his Yamaha R1 when he collided with a Ford Transit driven by Mr Colgate.

He had pulled out of Watts Crescent and across the path of the motorbike.

Shani Dawe described her husband as a “loving, caring family man”, as well as a “beloved husband and devoted father.”

He leaves behind three children, aged 10 and twins aged eight.

His wife added: “He was a great character. Dave is in our hearts and thoughts constantly, he is talked about every day to keep his children’s memories of their daddy fresh in their minds.

“He was a big part of our lives, the best part. He will be missed always and loved forever.”

The case should serve as a warning to all drivers, says Insp Scott Egerton - who stresses the importance of checking a road is clear before pulling out of a junction.

He added: “David Dawe was tragically and unexpectedly taken from his family. The conviction of Kevin Colgate can never make up for the loss the family have suffered, although I hope that it provides them with some degree of closure and an understanding of how their loved one died.”

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