Stannah Stairlifts MD’s wife ‘extremely remorseful’ after motorcycle crash

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The wife of Stannah Stairlift’s boss was said to be ‘extremely traumatised and remorseful’ after a motorcyclist was killed when the Land Rover she was driving hit the rider on a school run, a court has heard.

According to reports, Andrea Stannah, who is married to Nicholas Stannah, managing director of the stairlift firm, had to be ‘dragged away’ from the motorcyclist’s body as she tried to help him.

Mrs Stannah was fined £200 and banned from driving for a year after admitting a charge of causing death by driving without due care and attention.

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She had been returning home to Ovington after taking her children to school. Mrs Stannah failed to see Steven Rayner as she pulled across a carriage way, resulting in the collision.

Basingstoke Magistrates Court heard that Mr Rayner, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene. It was claimed in court that his death was due to Mrs Stannah’s “inattention”, according to a report by The Telegraph.

Alex Stein, Mrs Stannah’s lawyer, told the court that she is “extremely traumatised” by the events.

“It’s caused terrible damage to Mr Rayner’s family as well, and she is extremely remorseful,” he said.

“She had to be pulled away from Mr Rayner because she was trying to assist where possible. It’s caused terrible damage to Mr Rayner’s family as well, and she is extremely remorseful.”

Kerry Richardson, from the prosecution, told the court that the carriage way is a “dangerous road”.

“Mrs Stannah was coming from a side road to cross that road. Clearly extra care should be made,” she said.

District Judge, Timothy Pattinson, added: “All cases of causing death by careless driving are tragic.

“This case is particularly tragic, involving the death of a family man with wife and children. The court extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Mr Rayner.”

The Stannah Group is the industry’s largest stairlift manufacturer and supplier. Its turnover is more than £250m and brothers Brian and Alan Stannah, who are joint chairmen of the stairlift giant, were jointly named as the 693rd richest people in The Sunday Times Rich List recently.

Image: Rodfield Lane, where the collision is reported to have taken place. Credit: Google

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