Lorry driver spared jail after he ploughed into cars on M1 slip road

A lorry driver was going 53mph on the M1 when he crashed into a line of cars queuing on a slip road, a court heard. Laurence Goodrich, 63, of Manston Mews, Radford, ploughed into multiple cars near the South Normanton area just before 8am on March 6. Nottingham Crown Court heard on Tuesday (July 11) the lorry hit the rear of a stationary blue Fiesta, driven by a lone woman, on the northbound slip way at Junction 28.

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She suffered a fractured neck and bruising.

A doctor signed her off work for six weeks. The accident left her apprehensive about driving in the future, the court was told. The lorry hit another vehicle being driven by a second woman, who bit down on her lip when her airbag opened after impact.

A third car, driven by a man, rolled onto its roof. Goodrich, a professional lorry driver since 1998, told police at the scene he was looking for a gap in the next lane and “I just didn’t see it”. “He indicated ‘I wish I had slowed down sooner”, said barrister Katrina Wilson, prosecuting.

At court, he admitted dangerous driving.

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Barrister Virginia Hayton, representing Goodrich, said her client came across stationary traffic far quicker than he thought he was going to and it was not a case of “protracted, deliberate bad driving”.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC, who described dash camera footage of the incident shown in court as “shocking”, banned him from the roads for two years, and ordered he take an extended driving test if he planned to drive again.

And he imposed a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, 20 rehabilitation activity days and 180 hours of unpaid work.

References

  1. ^ Tractor ‘didn’t stop’ after collision with cyclist (www.nottinghampost.com)
  2. ^ Trucker who tried to bite police officer has sentence cut (www.nottinghampost.com)

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