Trucker will not be prosecuted over crash which killed Stoke-on-Trent biker, 21

No criminal charges are to be brought after the death of a 21-year-old man in a crash. Thomas Rhodes, of Adderley Green, was pronounced dead at the scene after his motorbike was in collision with a lorry on the A51 at Blackbrook. Following the incident on April 23, police passed the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider whether any action should be taken against the lorry driver involved.

Top stories A pre-inquest review has now heard a decision has been made not to bring charges, although Tom’s family can ask for this to be reviewed. Sarah Murphy, assistant coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, said: “The deceased was involved in a fatal road traffic collision with a truck.

“The matter has been pending a decision from the CPS as to whether there would be any criminal proceedings. An initial decision has now been taken that no charges will be brought against the driver of the truck. Get email alerts for the latest top stories from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

“The police are now going to prepare a file for an inquest. I know the family have the right to request a review of the CPS decision. To give time for the family to consider that and for the police to prepare the file I will set the inquest for January 6.”

Dunelm worker Tom had a passion for motorbikes from an early age.

His mother, Joanne Rhodes, described him as a ‘perfect boy’ who was family orientated and looking forward to becoming an uncle.