Death crash lorry driver facing jail

A LORRY driver is facing jail today after admitting killing a father-to-be in a horror crash on the A14.Andrew Courtney died when the HGV he was driving was hit by another lorry on the trunk road on August 12 last year.

A LORRY driver is facing jail today after admitting killing a father-to-be in a horror crash on the A14.

Andrew Courtney died when the HGV he was driving was hit by another lorry on the trunk road on August 12 last year.

Simon Shepherd, 36, of Bushfield Court, Peterborough, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to causing Mr Courtney's death by dangerous driving.

The collision happened on the west bound carriageway of the A14 at Newmarket just moments after a third lorry had jack-knifed on the opposite carriageway.


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Mr Courtney, who lived in Harwich, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife Pauline paid tribute to her husband in the days following the crash.

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She said: “Andrew was a loving husband who was hard working and who loved his job as a driver.

“He was looking forward to becoming a dad in December and he will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.”

The crash happened just before 7am on a Saturday morning and caused major delays for hundreds of drivers trying to make their way to a race meeting at Newmarket's July Course and Ipswich Town fans travelling to an away game at Leicester.

Shepherd was also injured in the crash and was taken to West Suffolk Hospital but was sent home that afternoon.

Speaking at his court case yesterday, Judge David Goodin said: “It is a grave offence and inevitably you'll be sent to prison.”

He adjourned sentencing until May 8 so a pre-sentence report could be written.

Shepherd was released on bail but given an interim driving disqualification.

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