Biker, 24, who left pensioner, 71, in a coma after crashing into him and doing wheelies is jailed


Biker, 24, who left pensioner, 71, in a coma after crashing into him while high on cannabis and doing wheelies at a tram stop is jailed for 16 months

  • Nicholas Marshall, 24, crashed into a pensioner while performing bike stunts
  • The pensioner was left in a coma for over a month and Marshall needed surgery 
  • Marshall has been jailed for 16 months and disqualified from driving for three years and eight months










Nicholas Marshall, 24, was also badly injured after crashing into a bollard

Nicholas Marshall, 24, was also badly injured after crashing into a bollard

A biker who left a pensioner in a coma for over a month by crashing into him while performing wheelies at a tram stop has been jailed for 16 months.

Nicholas Marshall, 24, has also been disqualified from driving for three years and eight months.

He was high on cannabis when he sped through a red light on a pedestrian crossing and pulled a one-wheel trick while taking over a stationary tram in Clifton, Nottingham.

The biker menace then crashed into a 71-year-old man on the nearside as he was crossing in front of the tram. 

The pensioner suffered a head injury, broken ribs and a fractured spine.

Marshall was also badly injured after crashing into a bollard after and required surgery. 

He was part of a large group of off-road bikers wreaking havoc in the village last year on October 11, Nottingham Crown Court heard last week.

According to tests, Marshall was seven times over the legal cannabis threshold for driving when he caused the accident on Southchurch Drive.

The reckless biker pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drug driving, driving without a licence and driving whilst uninsured. 

Marshall was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court last week. It heard that the defendant was part of a large group of off-road bikers wreaking havoc in the village last year

Marshall was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court last week. It heard that the defendant was part of a large group of off-road bikers wreaking havoc in the village last year

PC Mark Davey, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘This case should act as a stark warning to anyone who thinks they can recklessly ride an off-road bike on public roads and get away with it.

‘Not only did the pedestrian end up in hospital with serious injuries, but so did the defendant.

‘Marshall, along with the rest of his group, showed complete disregard for other people that day and he has paid the price, firstly in hospital and now in the courts.

‘I hope this sentence sends a message out that this type of antisocial behaviour – and drug driving – can have devastating consequences and will not be tolerated. 

‘Officers do not seize bikes to be killjoys, they do it to protect the public.’

Neighbourhood policing teams across the county seized a number of illegal bikes in a county-wide crackdown in hotspot areas over the past year. 

Inspector Karl Thomas, of the City South Neighbourhood Policing Team, which covers Clifton, said: ‘We know that people riding off-road bikes anti-socially is a real concern in our communities.

‘They are intimidating, a noise nuisance, tear-up grassland and pose a danger. 

‘We will seize their bikes and take them to court; it won’t be tolerated.’

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