Jail for cocaine biker who lost leg in crash

Chorley Lane, Charnock Richard.
Chorley Lane, Charnock Richard.

A motorcyclist who lost his leg and seriously injured a pedestrian in an accident as he couriered cocaine has been jailed for two years.

Martin Winstanley, of Kingsley Drive, Chorley, appeared before Chorley Magistrates’ Court after being charged with causing injury by driving dangerously.

He was also charged with possession of the class A drug cocaine with intent to supply it to another.

The 22-year-old seriously injured his leg following an accident on April 20 this year on Chorley Lane, Charnock Richard.

It is understood he was riding the Suzuki GSR600 motorbike and overtook a VW Golf on a bend, but then lost control.

He hit a BT cable box and then collided with Anne Grand, a resident who was putting out her bin. The 59-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and spent several weeks in hospital.

Winstanley was airlifted to hospital.

Police discovered cocaine in a plastic food tub at the accident scene.

Doctors could not save his leg and it was amputated above the knee.

Recorder Cummings QC sentenced him to 16 months in prison for dangerous driving with an additional eight month term for possession of cocaine

His defence lawyer David Ryan, who told Preston Crown Court custody would interfere with his long-term recovery, said: “He admitted his guilt at the outset.

“He himself suffered catastrophic and life-threatening injuries.”

The accident caused concern among residents with pleas for the council to look at safety issues on the road in question.