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A 65-year-old HGV driver has pleaded guilty to several counts of dangerous driving after his vehicle struck a people carrier on the M1 and killed a passenger. Polish national Wojciech Bukowski appeared via video link at Luton Crown Court last month and pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The incident happened on 1 December 2019 when Bukowski's truck struck a Kia Sedona people carrier on the southbound carriageway at junction 11a, which had pulled over to the inside lane due to mechanical difficulties.

Emergency services attended, but Zahid Ahmed, 19, who was sat in the nearside rear passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. Four of the other passengers were left with serious injuries and the driver had minor injuries. Bukowski suffered no injuries in the collision.

Detective Constable Ben Amondsen, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: "This case stresses the importance of paying due care and attention whilst on driving. Fatal collisions, such as this, can be easily prevented, and careless driving, is one of the five fatal behaviours, along with drink and drug driving, being on a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding, that are the biggest causes of deaths on our roads. "Unfortunately, Bukowski's careless actions that day resulted in a young man losing his life, as well as the life-changing impact the collision has had on the other people involved."

He is due to be sentenced in July.

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