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    DRIVER FAILURE TO SECURE OUTRIGGER CAUSED DEATH

    Lorry driver jailed after young mother died at roadside

    It has been reported by Altringham Today that William Stewart, aged 25, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for causing the death of a 29-year-old woman after he failed to secure an outrigger / stabilser on his lorry.

    Natalie Thorpe, aged 29-year-old and the mother of a 12-year-old son, had been stood at a pedestrian crossing when she was hit.

    Stewart was jailed at Preston Crown Court after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving by a jury last month. He was also banned from driving for five years following his release.

    Simply ignored training

    During sentencing, Judge Lloyd told Stewart:

    “It was not rocket science or a particularly difficult set of actions you had to take to stabilise that arm. This was no oversight, this was no mechanical failure, you quite simply ignored the training you had received over two courses.

    Had you made the most cursory visual checks or pulled on the arm you would have realised that the arm was not secure.”

    Judge Lloyd added:

    “I am sure that you normally an honest and likeable young man, but what became clear to me during the trial you were wholly unfit to hold any job which held such responsibility.

    The drivers of heavy lorries on public roads carry a heavy responsibility… the consequences of failure are far higher than driving a car.”

     

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