Man Jailed After Fatal Linton Crash

    A delivery driver who killed a young father-to-be in a crash on the A1307 before fleeing the scene has been jailed.

    A delivery driver who killed a young father-to-be in a crash near Linton before fleeing the scene has been jailed.

    Ricardas Taraska, of Pinder Road, Norwich, was driving on the A1307 towards the Dean Road crossroads on 29 August this year when he hit a motorcyclist.

    Cambridge Crown Court heard that he pulled out of a give way junction into the path of the motorcyclist. 

    Taraska, 23, failed to stop and continued east towards Haverhill. 

    The rider of the red Yamaha motorbike was Mathew Smyth, 25, who died at the scene.

    His family shared their devastation that the “most amazing, cheeky, fun-loving young man” would now never get to meet his unborn child.  

    At Cambridge Crown Court on 19 November, Taraska pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving. 

    At the same court today (3 December) Taraska was jailed for 14 months and disqualified from driving for 31 months, after which he must take an extended re-test.

    Inspector Chris Huggins, of the BCH road policing unit, said: “This is a heartbreaking case in which one person’s careless driving resulted in the death of a 25-year-old man with his whole life ahead of him.

    “It is vital that people drive in a safe and considerate way in order to prevent awful instances like this occurring in the future."

    More from Local News

    • New Royal Voluntary Service Tea & Co café is a healthy option

      • New Addenbrooke’s café has menu to help promote healthy eating and drinking • Product range provides chance to reduce calorie, fat, salt and sugar consumption • Trained, caring volunteers on hand to offer support and signpost community services for older people • Charity calls on more hospitals to follow Addenbrooke’s example

    Follow Us


    • A603 East Road - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

      Heavy traffic on A603 East Road before Newmarket Road. Travel time is seven minutes.

    • Northampton Street / Chesterton Lane - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

      Usual congestion on Northampton Street / Chesterton Lane between Madingley Road and Milton Road (Mitchams Corner).

    • The Fen Causeway - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

      Usual congestion on The Fen Causeway between Trumpington Road and Newnham Road.

    Get The App

    Take Star Radio with you wherever you go and listen to us live. Interact with the studio and call, email, text and Tweet us all directly from within the app.

    • Available on the App Store
    • Available on Google Play

    Listener Club

    Sign up now for the latest updates and exclusive competitions on Star!

    Recently Played