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Stevenage lorry driver jailed for killing two people after smashing into stationary traffic

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A Stevenage[2] lorry driver who killed an elderly couple when he smashed into a queue of stationary traffic at 54 miles per hour without braking, despite having 17 seconds of warning, has been jailed. Martyn Graham, 58, from Canterbury Way, killed grandparents Martin Spratt, 70, and Evelyn Spratt, 68, both of Buckden Cambridgeshire, when he ploughed his truck into a queue of cars. Luton Crown Court had heard that Graham had a clear view of the road for 17 seconds before the accident and could see the brake lights of the vehicles ahead of him.

A police officer described it as a ‘complete mystery’ why he did not stop before the collision. He was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison and was banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injuries by dangerous driving. He was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Friday (February 17).

The accident happened on the A421 Bedford Bypass on January 12, 2016. READ NEXT: Hertford man arrested on suspicion of causing Welwyn GC fatal crash by dangerous driving[3] The court had heard how Graham had crashed into a stationary Ford Transit, which was at the back of a queue of vehicles, at 54 miles per hour without braking.

The collision ended up involving six vehicles, including a Toyota Auris, which Mr Spratt and Mrs Spratt were travelling in. Mrs Spratt died at the scene while her husband died in hospital. The driver of the Ford Transit suffered neck injuries while a woman driving a Vauxhall Corsa was seriously injured in the collision.

READ NEXT: Recap of Ware Van Hage crash that left boy, 7, in hospital with a head injury[4] PC Andy Ralph, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire forensic collision investigation unit, who led the investigation, said: “This was a truly tragic and totally avoidable incident in which two people died and a further two people are still struggling to deal with the aftermath of their injuries. “At no stage throughout this whole investigation has Martyn Graham provided an explanation as to why he drove in such a dangerous manner.

“It remains a complete mystery why such an experienced driver was distracted to the point he did not take any action to avoid this tragic collision; travelling for 17 seconds with a clear view ahead and the brake lights on the stationary vehicles clearly visible for a large proportion of that time.

“Although nothing can repair the emotional damage caused by this incident, we hope that today’s sentencing will provide some justice to those affected.”

READ NEXT: Stevenage crash: 86-year-old man dies after car crashed into wall[5]

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  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Stevenage (www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ Hertford man arrested on suspicion of causing Welwyn GC fatal crash by dangerous driving (www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Recap of Ware Van Hage crash that left boy, 7, in hospital with a head injury (www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)
  5. ^ Stevenage crash: 86-year-old man dies after car crashed into wall (www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)

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