Lorry driver jailed for causing death of pensioner in Cumbria

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A HGV driver has been jailed for two and a half years for causing the death of 86-year-old Maureen Smith by dangerous driving.

Jaroslaw Mieczan, 44, after avoiding a collision with another car, drove on the wrong side of the A689 and into the path of oncoming traffic near Irthington, Cumbria on the afternoon of 16 November 2017.

Mrs Smith, who was driving a Fiat Panda in the opposite direction, had no time to react or take evasive action and her car was hit head on.  She was trapped in her vehicle and died at the scene.

Stuart Pattinson, for the CPS, said: "This is a tragic case of a fatal collision which could have been easily avoided. 

"The CPS presented a case to the court which proved that Jaroslaw Mieczan had ample opportunity to see a stationary vehicle ahead waiting to turn.  He was distracted until the last moment before the collision and made a conscious and dangerous decision to take an evasive manoeuvre into the path of oncoming traffic, instead of driving onto the grass verge.

"Throughout the case he denied that he drove dangerously, blaming others for the collision and claiming that he had done his best to avoid it. However, after hearing the evidence against him, the jury found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

"I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Mrs Smith.  My thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Notes to editors

Stuart Pattinson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

Jaroslaw Mieczan was also disqualified from driving for four years (after his release from prison) and must take an extended re-test.  

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