Motorist handed suspended sentence for causing death by careless driving on B4114

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A man has been handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Warwick Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of Stuart Wilson by careless driving.

On 11 November 2016, Stuart WIlson was travelling along the B4114 Coleshill Road towards Nuneaton in his Vauxhall Astra.

David Acton, 31, was driving a Ford Focus and had approached the junction of Pipers Lane and Coleshill Road with the intention of turning right.

A Mercedes Actros HGV had come to a stop on Coleshill Road just before the junction of Pipers Lane. However, due to the size of the lorry and the cars waiting to exit the junction it was unable to turn right into Pipers Lane.

The defendant approached the junction and travelled across the main carriageway and then stopped in the path of the victim’s car which resulted in the Astra colliding with the Focus and then hitting the HGV.

The victim was airlifted to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire where he passed away from his injuries on 17 November 2016.

Acton was arrested and he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving. He was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for three years at Warwick Crown Court on 2 May.

Georgina Davies of the CPS said: “When David Acton started to manoeuvre from the junction, he had ample opportunity to see the victim’s car heading in his direction him, yet he continued to travel across the carriageway which resulted in the fatal collision.

“The defendant was arrested and he later agreed that he failed in his responsibility to make sure that there was a safe gap in the traffic before pulling out.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Stuart Wilson.”

Notes to editors

  • David Acton (DOB: 09/06/1986) pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • Georgina Davies is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.

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