A man who rammed a stolen scrambler bike into a pedestrian and killed her has been jailed.
Daniel King mowed down “much-loved” Rebecca Cooke, 26, when he swerved onto a pavement to try and avoid a police car.
Ms Cooke had been taking her daily walk through Merseyside as she worked from home in lockdown when he struck her.
She was thrown into a pillar and suffered catastrophic injuries, before later dying in hospital.
King, 28, was jailed for eight years and three months on Monday after admitting causing death by dangerous driving, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Liverpool Crown Court heard he was seen speeding through Childwall and Huyton on a KTM530 bike on March 1, 2021.
Geoffrey Lowe, prosecuting, said the bike was speeding as a police car was approaching going in the opposite direction, with Ms Cooke walking on the pavement alongside it.
As King approached the police car he mounted the kerb and collided with Ms Cooke with such force she was thrown against a wall.
She was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.
In a statement, Ms Cooke’s heartbroken mum explained her daughter wanted to be an organ donor, but only two organs could be donated due to the extent of her “catastrophic” injuries.
King was seen driving before the crash with “no protective clothing” and wearing a black balaclava.
Mr Lowe explained the police car was “driving at a very slow speed” in the middle of the road to avoid a parked car, while Ms Cooke was “walking on the driver’s side of that police car using her mobile phone and looking at the device”.
King then mounted a “grass verge” and the pavement, and there “appeared to be no slowing down of the motorcycle” and “no braking”, the prosecutor said.
A collision investigation report said at the moment of impact King was travelling at between 34mph and 36mph.
King was thrown over a driveway, “landing on the pavement”.
The rider, using crutches in the dock, was treated for a bleed on the brain and leg injuries after the crash.
The court heard he told officers “I swear officer I didn’t mean to hit anyone”, adding: “Is that lady okay? Did I hit her?
“Did I hit that lady I’m sorry, please tell her. I don’t care what happens to me as long as she’s OK.”
One witness saw King “driving along the wrong side of the road quickly”.
A woman who was unloading her van said King had “looked and stared” at her as he drove.
She said: “I remember thinking the way he was riding something was going to happen.”
Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, citing a report, said: “The level of cannabis in his blood was such that statistically it increased the chances of a road traffic collision occurring.”
Mr Lowe explained the bike had no registration plates and King had no insurance, holding only a provisional licence.
He had previously been banned from driving and was subject to an extended retest, which he had not yet taken.
At the time of the crash, King was also wanted for failing to appear at court for driving while disqualified.
Judge Flewitt confirmed the bike had been reported as stolen in Merseyside in 2016.
King has 14 previous convictions for 28 offences, which include multiple counts of possession of cannabis, burglaries, aggravated vehicle taking and being drunk and disorderly.
On October 31, 2013, he was disqualified from driving for a second time and ordered to complete an extended retest.
Peter Killen, defending, said King had shown genuine remorse outlined in a letter, which was given to a family liaison officer if Ms Cooke’s mum wished to read it.
He asked the judge to consider that the evidence did not suggest the presence of the cannabis affected King’s speed or reaction time.
He also stressed expert evidence showed it would have been “impossible for him to stop” without colliding with the police car due to his speed.
King, of Walton, admitted death by dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.
Judge Flewitt, sentencing, described the victim as a “much-loved only child.”
He told King she had a “bright future” but “all of that came to an end” when he caused her death.
The judge continued: “Her mother describes the devastation, pain, trauma, heartbreak and loss Rebecca’s death has caused her parents, her boyfriend Martin Creegan, her family and her friends.
“Their suffering is your responsibility and you must now face the consequences of your actions.”
The judge said he accepted King’s remorse was genuine but told him if he was travelling a lower speed he might have avoided the collision, adding that seeing the police car was clearly the “deciding factor” in his decision to ride on the pavement.
He banned King from driving for eight years.