Trucker jailed for causing crash that killed policewoman seconds after he opened text message

A lorry driver has been jailed for causing a crash that killed a police[1] officer after a court heard he opened a text message seconds before the horror smash. Danny Warby, 28, was driving a light goods vehicle along the A141 in Cambridgeshire when it veered into oncoming traffic, Peterborough Crown Court[2] heard. It clipped an oncoming lorry and showered two cars with debris before crashing into a Renault Clio driven by Cambridgeshire Police[3] officer Sharon Garrett, 48.

The married mum of two, who was on her way home from work, was pronounced dead at the scene on June 6 2014.

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PA Trucker Jailed For Causing Crash That Killed Policewoman Seconds After He Opened Text Message Detective Constable Sharon Garrett

Warby, of School Road, Runcton Holme, King s Lynn, denied causing death by dangerous driving[4] but was convicted by unanimous verdict after a nine-day trial. Today was jailed for six years and banned from driving for 10 years. He had opened a text message seconds before the crash and had no hands-free kit in his lorry, said prosecutor Helen Guest.

PA Trucker Jailed For Causing Crash That Killed Policewoman Seconds After He Opened Text Message Warby has previous convictions for drink driving

After the verdict, she revealed Warby had previous convictions for drink-driving[5] in 2011 and for using a mobile phone while driving and driving without a seatbelt. Judge Stuart Bridge said: This is a very serious offence with hugely tragic consequences and an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable. As Warby was led down to the cells when he was convicted last month, there was a shout from the public gallery of: Danny, keep your chin up, I love you boy.

PA Trucker Jailed For Causing Crash That Killed Policewoman Seconds After He Opened Text Message The mum of two was on her way home from work when she was killed

The fatal crash happened close to RAF Wyton, near Huntingdon.

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Warby had completed several short journeys that day in the lorry which was carrying a crane and construction materials. The final journey, which ended in the crash, totalled less than one and a half miles. Warby was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea in late 2015 and his defence lawyers argued that he had experienced a micro-sleep just before the crash.

References

  1. ^ police (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Crown Court (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Cambridgeshire Police (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ dangerous driving (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ drink-driving (www.mirror.co.uk)

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