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Basildon A13 crash lorry driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

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A lorry driver has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for causing the death of a tractor-driver. Christopher Simmons was overtaking traffic in his truck on the London-bound side of the A13 Pitsea flyover when he pulled into a lane and collided with the rear of Philip Gunfield’s tractor.
[2] Mr Gunfield, 68, was thrown from the tractor, which was pushed across the central reservation barrier and into the side of a Citroen Dispatch van.

Mr Gunfield, from Tiptree, suffered multiple injuries and died shortly after being airlifted to the Royal London Hospital.
Simmons, 64, of Maden Close, in Lancashire, suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened on September 21, 2015.
[3] ALSO READ: Romford man among four jailed for blowing up and destroying railway station ATM machines[4]

He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Basildon Crown Court[5] and was sentenced on Thursday (February 9). Simmons has also been banned from driving for four-and-a-half years and must take an extended driving test when his driving ban ends.

A member of Mr Gunfield’s family said: “Words cannot express the heartache caused by the tragedy of Phil’s death; the circumstances make it so much harder. “He was a loving family man, kind and caring. He is dearly treasured and will be missed by many.

ALSO READ: Basildon burglars in court after stealing Brentwood bank cards and going on shopping spree[6] “Phil worked and loved the countryside all his life. Quite often the things we feel so deeply are the hardest things to say.

After the conclusion from today, we hope, as a strong family unit, we will be able to move on as Phil will always live on in our hearts and our memories.”

Investigating officer Pc Jenny Pirie said: “The lack of attention Simmons showed behind the wheel led to Mr Gunfield losing his life, and both families are going to have to live with the consequences of this tragedy for the rest of their lives.
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“Myself and family liaison officer Pc Nigel Taplin thank Mr Gunfield’s family for their support throughout the investigation and court case.”

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  2. ^ Pitsea (essexlive.news)
  3. ^ minor injuries (www.essexlive.news)
  4. ^ Romford man among four jailed for blowing up and destroying railway station ATM machines (www.essexlive.news)
  5. ^ Basildon Crown Court (www.essexlive.news)
  6. ^ Basildon burglars in court after stealing Brentwood bank cards and going on shopping spree (www.essexlive.news)
  7. ^ Pc Jenny Pirie (essexlive.news)

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