A ‘reckless’ biker who did wheelies and sped along a busy road at up to 175mph has been jailed over a crash that left a 16-year-old girl with life-changing injuries.
Adam Wilde, 29, was part of a group of seven motorcyclists going from Southampton, Hampshire, to Weymouth in Dorset in May last year when he caused a collision that injured himself and three others.
Daniel Lincoln, 21, and Nima Biniaz, 19, were also charged with dangerous driving after being caught in footage that was captured on a camera carried by the group.
Lincoln’s footage shows Wilde and Biniaz slowing down before accelerating off at speed.
They can be seen performing wheelies with oncoming traffic nearby and overtaking on a solid white line. At one point the pair narrowly misses colliding with each other.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard the group made two stops in the run-up to the crash where their conversations were captured on camera.
Wilde, who had Georgina Saville, the 16-year-old girlfriend of one the group, riding pillion on his Suzuki 1300cc, can be heard boasting about his speed saying ‘175 in fifth gear and still more to go’.
Miss Saville can be heard telling the others ‘don’t encourage him, I’ll die’.
Lincoln’s speedometer showed his bike travelling at up to 95mph – but he was often left trailing behind the more powerful bikes meaning he did not capture the crash on the GoPro-style device.
The victims have little or no memory of the crash but an accident investigator who examined the scene on the A35 dual carriageway near Dorchester said Wilde’s Suzuki had attempted to overtake and run into the rear offside of Kieron Kimber’s 125cc Aprilia.
Mr Kimber, 24, came off his bike and Jonathan Attree, travelling behind, ran him over before coming off his bike.
Mr Attree suffered a broken hand but Mr Kimber, 24, had a severely broken lower right leg, which is still in a metal cage a year after the crash.
He also suffered a broken arm, torn liver and kidney, broken finger and partially-severed big toe.
He initially spent seven weeks in hospital and has had 12 operations since the crash last May.
The Suzuki carried on, locked together with Mr Kimber’s bike, before Wilde and Miss Saville fell off.
The 16-year-old girl then slid along the road for 57 yards at an estimated speed of 61mph, according to investigators.
She was rushed to hospital by air ambulance and suffered two bleeds on the brain, severe damage to both of her arms, which required major skin graft surgery, and a large open wound to her abdomen.
Her right arm was almost amputated at the scene and she had to have a metal plate fitted to replace her elbow. She spent two weeks in a coma and has so far undergone at least 30 operations.
Miss Saville said: ‘From the day I woke up from the coma I couldn’t understand what was happening.
‘Nothing will ever make what happened okay, he was playing with my life in his hands.
‘I have lost the ability to write and cannot continue my passion for drawing.
‘All for one man to be reckless on the road and show off.
‘Justice will never be done, he took away my A-levels, my job, my elbow, my life.’
The court heard Wilde must have been travelling at a minimum average speed of 82mph while Mr Kimber was averaging 52mph at the time of the crash.
The Suzuki kept going for another 354 yards under its own steam after Wilde had fallen off.
Wilde was also injured, suffering a fractured shoulder blade, dislocated thumb and fractured toe. He said he had no memory of the crash.
Judge Brian Forster said: ‘The bottom line is all of this was totally unnecessary.
‘This case involved dangerous driving that put members of the community at serious risk of injury and even being killed.
‘The victims of your driving have suffered appalling injuries. The effects of the accident have marked their lives and each face ongoing medical treatment in the future.
‘No sentence I can impose will satisfy those that have been badly injured.
‘This case should stand as a real warning to anyone who drives a motorcycle or car attempting to break the law by the way we have heard.’