HGV driver Mark Williams told jail is “inevitable” after causing student Foday Richard Koroma’s death in horror crash on A1012/A13 slip road

A DRIVER who admitted causing the horror crash that took the life of a young student will “inevitably” face prison, a judge has warned. Mark Williams, a HGV driver from Tipton, near Dudley, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday. Student Foday Richard Koroma, known as Richie, was killed on the A1012 slip road on the London-bound A13 at about 9.30am on Thursday, February 2 when Williams’ lorry ploughed into the back of his Peugeot.

The 23-year-old, who lived in Basildon but who was originally from Sierra Leone, was on his way to the University of Greenwich. Foday’s mother and uncle appeared in court with a member of the police’s family liaison team. Judge David Owen-Jones delayed sentencing Williams immediately and requested that a pre-sentence report be prepared by the probation service.

He said: “He is entitled to it in such a serious case as this. “He has not committed offences of this kind in the past and this is an extremely serious matter. “I should be fully aware of all matters for any defendant facing a long-term prison sentence which he is.”

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for June 29. The crash – in which witnesses described the car as being “folded under the lorry” – meant the road was closed for more than 20 hours while emergency services dealt with the scene and the road was resurfaced. Friends and family took to social media to express their shock and dismay at the keen churchgoer’s death.

Foday Tejan Koroma posted on Facebook: “A brother, a friend, former school mate, club brother at St. Francis has departed so soon. Why oh god, why?

It’s hard to believe this shocking death of our brother. “I would like to take this time of shock to extend my condolence and sympathy to the family and friends of the bereaved. “Take heart guys as God has a purpose for any given action.

RIP brother Foday Richard Koroma.” Defending Williams, James Lachkovic, did not request bail. He added: “He knows the inevitable prison sentence and is perfectly happy to start serving that today.”

Addressing Williams, Judge Owen-Jones said: “You have pleaded guilty to this extremely serious offence. “I will remind you that prison is inevitable. Please co-operate with probation.

It is in your best interest to do so.”

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