Suspended sentence for HGV driver for causing death by dangerous driving


A HGV driver who drove across a busy junction without stopping resulting in a fatal road collision with a car killing one of its occupants has today been sentenced to two years' imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Shrewsbury Crown Court after he pleaded guilty at an early hearing of causing death by dangerous driving.

Christopher Cummings, 43, from Telford, was the driver of a DAF truck which he was driving on 5 May 2015 on an unclassified road leading to the A529, Lockleywood.

Heading north along the A529 towards Market Drayton was a Renault Megane and in the front passenger seat was 80-year-old Mary Roberts.

Around 3:45pm, the defendant's lorry approached a crossroad on the A529. He slowed his vehicle, but did not stop and instead drove across the junction. Cummings failed to see the Renault Megane which then collided with the offside of the HGV.

The victim died at the scene and the driver of the car was later taken to North Staffordshire Hospital with significant injuries.

The defendant was arrested and later pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Cummings was also ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work, disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"A competent driver would have been aware that when they approached a junction with a main road, the main road has priority and therefore they must take a good look and give way to any oncoming traffic and once it is safe to do so move across the junction.

"Christopher Cummings failed to do this. He approached the junction and although he slowed his vehicle down, his moving onto the main road and failure to look properly resulted in one person tragically losing their life.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mrs Roberts."