Lorry driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

12/09/2011

A lorry driver was jailed for causing the death of a father of three, after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, at a hearing at St Albans Crown Court last Friday, 9 September.

Ionel Bordieanu, 43, from Romania, was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment, minus 142 days spent on remand, plus he was disqualified from driving for five years, with an extended re-test requirement.

CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor, Andrew Hudson, speaking from the St Albans office after the hearing, said:

'Just after 9am on 19 April 2011, Mr Bordieanu was driving an articulated lorry southbound on the A41.  He was travelling at 48mph when he collided with the last car in a queue of traffic, which was building up on the approach to the A41/M25 junction, about one km away. His inattention whilst driving an HGV caused the death of a 39-year-old married father of three, as well as serious injury to a 24-year-old woman and minor injuries to a number of others.

'All drivers are required to exercise a standard of driving at least equal to that of a 'careful and competent driver'.  The defendant was a man of previous good character.  The sentence passed by HHJ Catterson, after the defendant entered a guilty plea, recognises the fact that driving an HGV carries with it an increased level of risk to road users, should the driving fall below that standard.'

Nine vehicles were affected by the collision.  The first to be hit by the defendant's HGV was a Ford Focus, being driven by Matthew Barker, 39, who was killed by the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene.  His car was shunted into a Land Rover Freelander, which overturned, causing the female driver extensive injuries to her arm which became trapped under the vehicle. The drivers and passengers of the other vehicles suffered varying degrees of minor injuries.