Truck driver Prince Aibangbe who fatally struck pedestrian at crossroads is jailed

A judge has said there is a greater onus on truck drivers to take care at junctions as she sentenced one who broke a red light and fatally struck a pedestrian.

Prince Aibangbe, 51, hit Gerard Whyte, 21, after pulling off at the junction of Swords Road and Collins Avenue in Dublin 9 shortly after midnight on May 31 last year.

Aibangbe told gardai that he mistook a pedestrian green light for a filter light to turn left.

He was sentenced at the criminal courts of justice in Dublin yesterday by Judge Pauline Codd for one year in prison and disqualified him from driving for six years.

The court heard Aibangbe, who has nine previous convictions including four road traffic offences, had stopped his truck