Lorry driver jailed after crash leaves one person dead and two with serious injuries


A Cheshire lorry driver has been jailed for 30 months and banned from driving for 6 years after a crash that left one man dead and two people with serious injuries.

On September 30, 2014, Peter Tootle, 61, of Blacon, Chester, was driving a Volvo lorry which collided with the back of a stationary car, queuing in traffic on the southbound lane of the M53 near Bebington, shunting the car into other vehicles.

The traffic had been at a standstill while emergency crews dealt with an earlier unrelated collision close to junction 4. Advance warning signs, including advice to reduce speed, were in place following the earlier collision.

Video footage shows the moments leading up to and including the moment of impact. The collision resulted in the death of Mark Done, 51, a father and grandfather.

Mr Done's wife Diane, who was in the passenger seat of the couple's car, is still undergoing treatment for her injuries.

A second motorist, Paul Johnson, sustained life changing multiple injuries to his chest, head and spine and eight other people sustained minor injuries.

Tootle was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 30 months for causing death by dangerous driving, and 25 months for causing serious injury while driving dangerously, to run concurrently, and banned from driving for 6 years and 3 months.
At the end of the ban he must also take an extended retest before he can begin driving again.
Crown Advocate Kim Egerton, prosecuted the case for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service.

She said: "There are no winners in this tragic case. A man is dead, his wife has suffered serious injuries and another man is coming to terms with the life changing injuries he suffered in this dreadful incident.

"The life of Peter Tootle was also changed irrevocably on that fateful day.

"He is now in jail, knowing that what happened could have been avoided and that fact is something that it will be extremely hard for him and the victims and their families to come to terms with.

"He made no attempt to brake as he approached the standing traffic and clearly did not have his eyes on the road.  He was distracted by something but he cannot or will not say what."