A PENSIONER has been fined £2,500 after killing a motorcyclist in a crash outside a Hampshire hotel.

Maurice Reynolds, 88, caused a crash with biker Stefan Konstanty as he attempted to turn his car into the grounds of the now-closed East Close Hotel, near Hinton.

Mr Konstanty, 64, struck the bonnet of Mr Reynold’s Honda Jazz and died at the scene.

Reynolds appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

The court heard how the retired operations manager who worked at Esso’s refinery for more than 30 years, was involved in the fatal crash on July 3 last year.

Prosecutor Ryan Seneviratne said Reynolds was driving on the A35 in the direction of Lyndhurst when the crash took place.

Mr Seneviratne said Reynolds then attempted to turn his car across the carriageway, into the grounds of the East Close Hotel.

As he made the manoeuvre, he collided with the oncoming Mr Konstanty, who was riding a Honda CVR motorbike in the direction of Christchurch.

Mr Konstanty, of Southbourne, hit the front of Reynold’s Honda on the passenger side and suffered fatal injuries.

Farmhands working on land near the road rushed to his aid and gave CPR until paramedics and police arrived at the scene, but he died at the scene.

Reynolds was subsequently rushed to hospital with serious injuries to his head – which have since left him struggling to hear.

In mitigation, Levent Kemal told magistrates that Reynolds had voluntarily given up his “unblemished” driving licence – which he had held for more than 50 years.

Mr Kemal added that Reynolds had spent “every day reliving the road traffic collision” since the crash.

Magistrates fined Reynolds, of Preston Way, Christchurch, over the incident, which they described as an “absolutely tragic event”.

As well as a fine, of £2,500, magistrates also ordered Reynolds to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and court costs of £85.

Reynolds was also banned from driving for 10 years, despite already giving up his licence.