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Death crash lorry driver's 'truly shocking' behaviour caught on camera

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Police released footage from the dashcam of Caraza’s vehicle immediately prior to the collision and the external camera afterwards Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Police released footage from the dashcam of Caraza’s vehicle immediately prior to the collision and the external camera afterwards Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Suffolk Constabulary

Police have called a truck driver’s behaviour moments after fatally injuring a cyclist ‘truly shocking.

Dan-constantin Caraza was jailed for 40 months at Ipswich Crown Court Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARYDan-constantin Caraza was jailed for 40 months at Ipswich Crown Court Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Suffolk police released dashcam footage from a cement mixer driven by Dan-constantin Caraza and involved in a fatal collision on the outskirts of Sudbury in 2018.

The 30-year-old, of Bridge Avenue in Upminster, was jailed for 40 months and banned from the road for an extended period of five years and eight months at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday for causing the death of Brian Riley by dangerous driving.

Mr Riley, 65, from the Sudbury area, was pushing his bike along the A134 Long Melford bypass shortly after 10am on October 19 when struck from behind.

Witnesses reported seeing Mr Riley walking well within the white line to the nearside of the road and clearly visible to other road users, while Caraza was seen looking down into his lap, with his vehicle veering to the nearside and failing to brake.

Dashcam footage supported witness accounts, while analysis of Caraza’s phone found it had been active at the time and was used on a number of occasions earlier the same morning.

After the collision, a camera on the outside of the vehicle captured him exit the cab and place a phone into an external compartment, before going to check on Mr Riley.

Caraza admitted he had been distracted by the phone, but claimed to have not been using it.

He denied intent to pervert the course of public justice by hiding a phone in his lorry on the same date. Prosecutors accepted the pleas and did not seek a trial.

Detective Inspector Chris Hinitt, of the serious collision investigation unit, said Mr Riley’s completely avoidable death was caused by a professional driver who showed complete disregard for the lives of other road users.

“I struggle to find the right words to express my feelings about this incident and the sheer mindlessness that brought a very sudden and abrupt end to a 65-year-old man’s life,” he added.

“The reckless driving was compounded by the fact that after the collision, Caraza’s first thought was where to put his phone, rather than rush to the assistance of the man he had just hit – truly shocking behaviour.

“This should highlight, beyond any doubt, what a dangerous combination mobile phones and driving are. At best, you will receive six points and a £200 fine. At worst, you could be responsible for killing someone.”

A47 shut after lorry and van crash

Emergency services are on the scene of a crash on the A47. Photo : Steve Adams

Emergency services are on the scene of a crash on the A47. Photo : Steve Adams

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Motorists faced delays and diversions on the A47 after a crash between a lorry and a van.

The crash has happened near The Canary and Linnet pub, off the A47 in Little Fransham. Picture: ArchantThe crash has happened near The Canary and Linnet pub, off the A47 in Little Fransham. Picture: Archant

Police were called at 11.08am today to a crash near the Canary and Linnet Pub, in Little Fransham between Dereham and Swaffham.

The road was blocked in both directions from Station Road to Dunham Road and re-opened at about 2,30pm.

Emergency services attended but no-one is believed to have been trapped or suffered serious injuries.

An extensive clean-up operation was launched by the police and Highways England as diesel has spilled onto the road and damage had been caused to a lamp post.

Road users were advised to expect disruption and to allow extra journey time.

Diversion route details;

Eastbound – Exit the A47 at Swaffham Interchange.

At the A1065 junction turn right and follow the A1065 to Fakenham.

At the A148 roundabout take the second exit onto the A148.

Continue on the A148 to the next roundabout and take the third right onto the A1067.

Continue on the A1067 through Bintree, Bawdeswell, Morton, Attlebridge, Taversham and Drayton to A140 Ring Road in Norwich.

At the A140 roundabout take the third exit onto the A140.

At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the A1074 and rejoin the A47 at Longwater Interchange.

Westbound – Exit the A47 at Thickthorn Interchange and take first exit from the roundabout onto the A11.

Continue on A11 to Mundford Road roundabout at Thetford.

Take third exit from the roundabout and continue on A134 to the A1065 roundabout at Munford.

At the roundabout take the third exit and continue on the A1065 to rejoin the A47 at Swaffham Interchange.

Check the EDP live traffic map before you travel.[2]

References

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Two Mercedes and pick-up truck seized for driving offences

A pick up truck seized in Thetford when it was found to have an MOT a year out of date. Picture: Norfolk Police

A pick up truck seized in Thetford when it was found to have an MOT a year out of date. Picture: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police

The driver of a pick-up truck is facing police action after the MOT on the vehicle was found to be a year out of date.

Two Mercedes seized within five minutes of one another after being stopped in Thetford. Picture: Norfolk PoliceTwo Mercedes seized within five minutes of one another after being stopped in Thetford. Picture: Norfolk Police

The large truck, with double rear wheels, was seized by officers after being stopped on the A134 near Thetford earlier today (Saturday, November 30).

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Checks confirmed the test certificate expired in October 2018. The driver’s licence had also expired meaning he had no insurance.

Meanwhile officers also seized a Mercedes stopped on Canterbury Way in Thetford. While the driver is a permanent UK resident he had not re-registered his vehicle in the UK.

A second Mercedes was taken off the road by the same officers five minutes later when it was stopped on Brandon Road. The driver is was found to be disqualified until 2020. He will also be reported to the DVLA for not having taxed the vehicle since 2018.

A14 reopened at Bury St Edmunds between junction 42 and 43 following serious lorry crash

A lorry smashed through the central reservation on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT

A lorry smashed through the central reservation on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT

Archant

The A14 has reopened after a serious collision which left both carriageways closed for several hours.

A lorry smashed through the central reservation on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANTA lorry smashed through the central reservation on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT

The dual carriageway was closed from around 3.37am onwards between junction 42 and 43 when a lorry smashed through the central reservation in the early hours of the morning.

Suffolk Constabulary confirmed that the driver had to be taken to hospital for treatment following the incident but that his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Highways England were also assisting on the scene and a recovery truck was called at 5am but did not manage to clear the site for a long time due to the debris.

A spokesman from the police warned that the recovery would take hours and said this morning: “There is a lot of damage that’s been caused and it’s going to take quite some time to clear.”

Highways England were aiming to have one lane in each direction moving by 9am if the recovery had gone smoothly but an hour later than that it was still closed.

Drivers were advised to exit on the roundabout before they reached the closure and instead use the A134, A1302 and A1101.

Traffic flow is now back to normal following hours of standstill.