Lorry driver jailed for fatal M69 collision

|News, Driving offences

A lorry driver who veered onto a motorway hard shoulder after using his phone at the wheel has been sentenced to eight years in prison today (14 December) after causing death by dangerous driving.

Felix Gillon, 56, destroyed his phone and SIM card immediately after the collision in an attempt to conceal evidence.

Leicester Crown Court heard how Gillon was driving a flat-bed lorry on the M69 in Leicestershire in May 2016 when he collided with another truck that was stationary on the hard shoulder.

The prosecution’s case was that Gillon had veered towards the hard shoulder because he had been using his mobile phone to access the internet, in particular pornographic websites, immediately prior to the crash.

The collision forced the stationary truck into the crash barrier, crushing its driver, Kerry Pemberton.

Janine Smith, from the CPS, said: “This tragic collision was caused by Felix Gillon driving into Mr Pemberton’s stationary vehicle because he had allowed himself to be distracted by his phone.

“When deciding whether to prosecute a defendant for causing death by dangerous driving, the CPS will consider avoidable distractions as a significant factor.

“On looking at the evidence of Gillon’s mobile phone activity, it was clear that he had chosen to access the internet and this had inevitably caused a distraction. He then attempted to conceal the evidence provided by his phone’s browsing history.

“I would like to express my sincere sympathies to Mr Pemberton’s family and friends.”

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  • Janine Smith is Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands

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