Lorry driver was using phone to shop when he ran red light and caused fatal crash

A LORRY driver who was using his mobile phone to shop online when he ran a red light in Leigh and caused a crash which killed an armed forces veteran has been jailed. Mark Byrne, from Warrington, was a granddad-of-four who had been awarded an MBE for his 25 years of military service. He died at the age of 58 in January this year after a horrific collision on the East Lancs, with his wife Julie having also been seriously injured in the collision.

This morning, Monday, HGV driver Florin Solomon was handed four-and-a-half years behind bars at Manchester Crown Square Crown Court after admitting causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving in connection with the incident. The 29-year-old, from Worcester, was delivering a shipment of fruit and vegetables in his Scania lorry shortly before 10.30am on January 21 but had been accessing his Amazon account via his mobile phone as little as three seconds before the accident. Solomon then ran a traffic light which had been turned from green to red 11 seconds prior to the crash at the junction of the A580 with Atherleigh Way and hit Mr Byrne's Toyota Corolla.

He was killed instantly, while 56-year-old Mrs Byrne - the front seat passenger - suffered injuries including a fractured sternum and had to be cut out of the car by firefighters.

The pair had been returning home from a hospital appointment at the time of the fatal crash, which occurred at the junction of the East Lancashire Road and Atherleigh Way.

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