Henry HopeFrosts widow says life can never been the same again as

The widow of motorsport broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost yesterday said “life can never been the same again” as the driver who killed him in a horror head-on smash was spared jail.The popular presenter, 47, died when Tahir Mehmood’s Toyota Prius – which he bought just the day before – ploughed into Mr Hope-Frost’s Honda motorbike. On Wednesday, Mehmood pleaded guilty to causing the death of the TV star dad-of-three by careless driving.In a heart-breaking victim impact statement tragic Henry’s wife of 13 years Charlotte said: “He was a rare gem of a man for sure.“He was one of the very best dads, always trying to plan work around the school run and bath time.“So he could be with them at the most important parts of the day.“Life can never be the same again.”Describing the impact on their sons Oscar 13, Jasper, six and Felix, three, in the statement read by prosecutor Giles Morrison, she added: “The boys and I miss him.“He was a big, cuddly bear of a man“There was rarely a dull moment when he was around. “When the boys talk about Henry we always try to remember what an amazing man he was.”Religious centre worker Mehmood crossed over onto the opposite side of the A286 in the village of Grayswood, near Haselemere, Surrey on March 8 last year.Mr Hope-Frost was thrown off his bike and 18 metres along the 50mph speed limit road. He was semi-conscious and spoke briefly to a motorist who stopped to help. But he was pronounced dead at the roadside just before 5pm – half an hour after the crash.Mr Morrison told Guildford crown court: “The deceased Mr Hope-Frost was riding his motorbike on the way from having worked at Goodwood.“Travelling in the opposite direction was this defendant driving a Toyota Prius. He had his teenage daughter as a rear passenger. “It seems that Mr Mehmood failed to negotiate a bend, he went straight forward.“The two vehicles collided. The front of the motorcycle collided with the front near side of Mr Mehmood’s Toyota.“As a result Mr Hope-Frost was declared deceased at the scene at 4:57pm. He died before being transferred anywhere.“The driving conditions were quite good, the road was dry, it was not raining. The brightness was good.“The defendant was arrested and gave an explanation that he saw the motorcycle on the bend. “He said he was going 46 or 47mph, under 50mph. He said it came towards him and the motorcycle was coming in the middle part of the road. “In short the defendant denied the offence.”The court heard Mehmood – also 47 and a dad-of-three – had lived in the UK for six years and he came from Pakistan.The judge was shown dashcam footage from a vehicle following Mr Hope-Frost which showed the aftermath of the smash.Charlotte left the public gallery as the clip was played.Alex Stein, defending, said: “Mr Mehmood is a man of good character.“He works at a religious centre.“He purchased the car the day before the accident. Perhaps that may have played a small part in what happened here.“He did not set out that day to cause harm to anyone.”The Prius had previously been used as a taxi and still had taxi stickers on it.Judge Peter Moss ordered Mehmood to carry out a two year community punishment order, 60 days curfew and 200 hours unpaid work.He was also told to pay £670 prosecution costs and an £85 surcharge.Mehmood, of Grayswood, was also banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to do an extended driving course if the wanted to drive again.Mr Moss said: “He (Mr Hope-Frost) has no chance of avoiding you.“Quite why your vehicle crossed that central white line is a mystery.”Motorsport legends paid tribute to Mr Hope-Frost at the time of his death.Among them was former F1 champion Jenson Button who said: “So sad that such a great man lost his life yesterday in a road accident.”Describing his interview style, Button added: “It felt so natural like you were having a good old chinwag with your closest mate.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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