Jim McAloon, 52, has been 'living with the horror' of running over his wife after a horrific accident in November 2016 changed his life forever. He was out on a motorbike ride with his wife, Vanessa, to celebrate her getting the all clear from cancer doctors when tragedy struck. The pair were taking a scenic motorcycle drive around Pembroke Dock when a Corsa unexpectedly veered out in front of Vanessa and she was thrown from her vehicle. She braked hard and landed on the countryside road, only for her husband to follow her around the bend seconds later and run her over causing her to die from her injuries along the A4075 at Penny Bridge. The Vauxhall Corsa, driven by 84-year-old Jean Williams, had tried to overtake a tractor ‘too cautiously' just before a sharp uphill bend when the accident happened.
Swansea Crown Court heard that Mr McAloon was ‘unable to do anything except ride over his own wife’ after seeing her lying injured in the road in front. His life has been ruined by the tragic crash, as his business soon went bankrupt and his home was repossessed. Vanessa was due to visit the hospital for her final chemotherapy session the following day, but never made the appointment.
Ms Williams was arrested at the scene and was convicted of causing death by careless driving, but was spared a jail sentence due to her age. Mrs McAloon’s daughter Rebecca Bockhart said her mother’s death had ‘devastated’ their family: "Without her we feel empty. I cannot describe the devastation. Jim saw the accident and was himself injured. He lost his wife, his business and his home. His bungalow has been repossessed and his business has gone bankrupt." Vanessa was said to be an experienced motorcyclist.
The judge spoke to conclude the sentencing: "Neither could have imagined how it would all end. Neither seemed to have a care in the world. They were simply enjoying what they enjoyed doing together. They rounded a bend to find your car wholly or largely on the wrong side of the road. Putting it simply, she had no-where to go. When her husband rounded the same bend he, too, was confronted with an impossible situation. He has to live with the horror of being unable to do anything except ride over his own wife as she lay in the carriageway. The word tragedy comes nowhere close to describing the outcome of your driving." Jean Williams, also from Pembroke, was sentenced to one year in prison suspended for two years, and was banned from driving for two years.