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A WAVE of anger hit Kevin Crick when the woman responsible for his son's death was sentenced to a community order.

"It was disgusting," he says, still suffering from losing his son two days before Christmas in 2014.

"We think she got away with it and I had to hold my tongue in court when the sentence was read out."

Almost two years on since Robert Crick was knocked off his motorcycle on a winter morning on the A64 near Malton, a sense of injustice still consumes the family.

Sally Mills, a former Cub leader, looked left and right and thought the way was clear as she pulled out of a side road to turn right onto the A64 near Malton in her Mitsubishi Delicia. Judge Colin Burn said, during the case, that she had failed to look straight in front of her.

Mills pleaded guilty to causing Mr Crick's death by careless driving, her first conviction.

Mr Crick, from Rillington, whose motorcycle had had a dipped headlight on at the time, was airlifted to James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough, where he died.

When she was sentenced in September 2015, Judge Burn ordered Mills to do 125 hours' unpaid work and pay £120 prosecution costs.

She was also banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to take an extended driving test before driving alone again.

Her barrister Steven Garth told the court at the time she recognised she was entirely to blame for the accident, had not driven since and was "truly devastated that she has robbed this young man of his life".

But the family were stunned at the non-custodial sentence and are today backing The Road to Justice campaign calling on the Government to rewrite sentencing guidelines for drivers who kill or seriously injure others on the roads.

"The first thing I said when I came out of court was how shocked I was at the British justice system," adds Mr Crick.

"Everybody we spoke to couldn’t believe the sentence.

"Without a doubt, we wanted a custodial sentence, even if it was a suspended sentence."

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The court was told how Mills may never drive again after she was left devastated after the crash.

This was of little comfort to Mr Crick and his family, however, who endures a daily reminder of the crash.

He added: "I go past that junction where Robert died every day on my way to work because he worked at the same place as me; he was working in the office.

"I drive in and out of that junction regularly, but I have had to move on with life.

"When I heard the sentence I felt like shouting out because I couldn’t believe it.

"The rest of Robert's close family were there as well and were shocked, and in a way it felt like the police were mystified too, but they just had to move on to the next case and not let it affect them.

"No sentence would have made life easier but I would have felt like justice had been done for what happened.

"It was just like she got a slap on the wrist."

A police accident report blamed Mills for failing to spot the bike, failing to give way, and pulling into the path of Mr Crick, who had no chance to avoid the accident.

We want judges to be given the power to hand out long sentences to those who kill or seriously injure others on the roads, and call on the Government to make this possible.

Over the coming days, families who have lost loved ones in crashes will speak about how they have been let down by the courts and call for more to be done.

To support the campaign, go to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/156369 and sign the petition to urge MPs to take action.

Follow the campaign on twitter @PressCampaign and www.facebook.com/theroadtojustice