A38 lorry crash death trial put off until next year in Plymouth

The trial of a man accused of killing a Plymouth mum by driving a lorry dangerously on the A38 has been adjourned until next year. Jack McIntyre, aged 35, was due to face a jury next week after a crash between a Scania HGV and an Audi A4. But the three-day hearing at Plymouth Crown Court was adjourned because trials are not allowed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Judge James Townsend adjourned the case until March 2, 2021 - well over two years after the accident which claimed the life of 54-year-old Briony Elliott. The trial was originally scheduled for February, just before the coronavirus crisis, but was put off until June 30 because expert reports were not ready. McIntyre has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of driver Ms Elliott by dangerous driving at the Leigham interchange on September 11, 2018.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the alternative charge of causing her death by careless driving. Ms Elliott, who was from the Stoke area of the city, died at the scene on the eastbound carriageway at about 6.30pm that Tuesday. Her Audi A4 and a Gregory Distribution lorry were involved in a collision.

The road itself was closed for more than eight hours while specialist officers examined the scene, causing long tailbacks through the city. Several drivers reported some motorists mounting the grass verges to try and beat the queues.

The scene of the fatal collision on the A38

A spokesperson for Gregory said at the time: "The incident is being investigated by the police and on behalf of Gregory Distribution, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences and sympathy to those affected by this tragic incident." McIntyre, of Victoria Road, St Budeaux, is on bail until the new trial date.

Plymouth Crown Court has only just reopened after months of hearing only custody cases over Skype.

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