Trucker jailed for more than three years over death crash

A trucker has been jailed and banned from the roads after causing a crash in which a man died. Keith Manning, 36, of Devon Road, Newark , was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a trial. At Nottingham Crown Court, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison and banned from driving for three years and nine months.

His trial heard he had been operating two phones at the same time and slightly lost control twice before an accident with a van. The accident was on the A617 Wheatgrass Hill, Hockerton, near Southwell, on December 12, 2016. Jurors saw shocking dash cam footage of the Mercedes large goods vehicle Manning had been driving at the moment of the collision with van driver Stephen Marshall who died.

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Manning had left his Nottingham workplace at about 7.30am on December 12, driving the truck with a forklift truck and a cherry picker on the back.

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Manning pleaded not guilty.

In a prepared statement to police he said at the time of the incident he was fully focused on driving and was not distracted in anyway or using the radio or mobile phone or any other device.

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