Lorry driver was on phone when he killed mum in six-vehicle horror crash near A14

A 69-year-old lorry driver who was on his phone when he caused a pile-up which killed a mum of six has been jailed for more than four years. Raymond Hogg, of Bridge Street, Needham Market, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday October 9) where he was sentenced to four years and four months in prison and disqualified from driving for seven years and two months. Hogg pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal crash near the A14 junction at the Copdock Interchange.

Officers from Suffolk Constabulary were called to the A12 at around 12.40pm on Friday April 20, 2018 to reports of a six-vehicle crash on the northbound carriageway at Washbrook. Four cars, including a red Mazda 6, a black Vauxhall Zafira, a black Toyota Hilux and a blue BMW 320 were involved in the incident as well as two Volvo lorries, one of which was driven by Hogg.

The A12 on the approach to the roundabout with the A14 by Washbrook

Hogg’s HGV was travelling at around 50mph as it approached the almost stationary traffic in lane one and collided with the Mazda, the vehicle at the back of the queue of traffic. The Mazda then collided with the Volvo LGV in front of it, which in turn collided with the Zafira car and then into the Toyota Hilux and finally into the BMW.

The driver of the Mazda, Mandy Snowling aged 43 from Ipswich, sadly died at the scene. Occupants of some of the other vehicles sustained minor injuries. Police launched an investigation into the circumstances of the collision.

Following examination and analysis of Hogg’s phone it was found that it was in almost continuous use for more than 20 minutes before the crash. In addition an outgoing call was made seconds before impact which required the number to be manually selected or dialled. There was no evidence found that Hogg had applied the brakes of his HGV or took evasive action just prior to the collision.

Following the police investigation Raymond Hogg was summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on August 13, 2019 where he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving. Sergeant Scott Lee-Amies from the Serious Collision Investigation Team said: “It is astonishing that somebody who drives for a living would behave so recklessly behind the wheel. “Using a mobile phone whilst driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ factors that lead to serious collisions on our roads.

I would urge all drivers to stop and think about the consequences of their actions.

“I would also like to thank Mandy Snowling’s family for their patience and support during the investigation and I hope that the conclusion of this tragic case will provide some measures of closure.”

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