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Car driver Daniel Tilley admits causing motorcyclist Steve Lord's death on M11 near Bishop's Stortford

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A car driver has admitted causing a collision on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford earlier this year which killed a motorcyclist.

Steve Lord, a 63-year-old married father and grandfather from Dunmow, was riding his Suzuki GSF on the southbound carriageway on Wednesday 16 January at around 5am when he was hit by a car. He died at the scene and the car failed to stop.

Daniel Tilley, 37, of Joyners Field, Harlow, was arrested the next day. He was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision, charges he admitted at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday (September 4).

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on Thursday 26 September.

Senior investigating officer Insp Rob Brettell, from Essex Police's serious collision investigation unit, said: “Daniel Tilley caused the death of Steve Lord, but instead of stopping to help him, drove off and failed to report the collision.

“Some excellent police work led to the car involved being identified and traced back to Tilley.

“Ultimately the evidence we were able to build against Tilley left him with no option but to admit what he had done.

“By doing so he has at least prevented Mr Lord’s family from going through the ordeal of a trial.”

Mr Lord left a wife of 40 years, Diane, two daughters and two young grandsons.

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