Lorry Driver Jailed for Fatally Crushing Cyclist

A lorry driver who fatally crushed a cyclists when his load slipped off his vehicle has been jailed for 27months according to The Times newspaper.

The 48 year old had fixed the specialist mobile cabin to his truck with just two straps, one of which wasn’t fastened correctly Hull Crown Court heard.

A lorry driver who fatally crushed a cyclists when his load slipped off his vehicle has been jailed for 27months according to The Times newspaper.

The 48 year old had fixed the specialist mobile cabin to his truck with just two straps, one of which wasn’t fastened correctly Hull Crown Court heard.

Susan Russell suffered multiple injuries as a result of the accident and was killed instantly.

The court was told how the load was put on to the lorry without anny matting, which is vital for stopping slippage. Without the matting it is thought that around 40 straps would have been needed to properly secure the load. 

“We say he must have seen that the trailer was overhanging, he did see it, he must have appreciated the risk, he decided for his own reasons to carry on regardless and take that risk,”  Bernard Gateshill confirmed on behalf of the prosecution. 

“We say it is a case of deliberate risk-taking.”

Judge John Dowse said that the driver had lived an unblemished life, but it was now in tatters as a result of the accident. 

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