A WOMAN has been given nine penalty points on her driving licence after pleading guilty to her part in a collision which left a motorcyclist with life-changing injuries.

Isabelle Crocker, aged 22, from Bemerton Heath, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court last Friday.

She pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and was fined £150 and her driving licence was endorsed with nine penalty points. She was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.

The sentence relates to a collision on the A36, at the junction with the B390 at Knook, at around 8.15am on June 4 this year.

The victim, a man in his 40s, was riding his motorcycle southbound on the A36 towards Salisbury.

Crocker, who was driving a blue Volkswagen Polo, was driving northbound on the A36 and had turned right into the B390, when she collided with the motorcycle.

The victim was airlifted to Southmead Hospital with a serious head injury and two broken wrists.

He suffered complications, including seizures, and spent three weeks in intensive care before being moved to a high dependency ward.

He has continued to suffer ongoing health problems and has a life-changing brain injury, from which he may never fully recover.

PC Peter Williamson, from Wiltshire Police’s Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a tragic case and it is clear from the victim’s wife’s statement that this has had a huge impact on both the motorcyclist and his family.

“I hope this case serves as a stark reminder to all motorists of the potentially fatal consequences which could come from a split-second of distraction or lack of concentration.”