Lorry driver sentenced for causing death by careless driving

Lorry driver sentenced for causing death by careless driving

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Katherine Denham

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Lorry driver sentenced for causing death by careless driving

A lorry driver who caused the death of another motorist  at an accident 'black spot' on the M4 has been sentenced.

Anthony Rourke, of Mill Close, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, drove into the back of a Nissan Qashqai (ok) driven by 77-year-old John Connor, whose car was crushed between Rourke’s lorry and a Mercedes-Benz Tractor Unit in front.

Mr Connor, from Solihull, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision which happened between junctions 5 at Langley and 4B of the M4 on January 16.

Rourke admitted causing death by careless driving and appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday (july 11) for sentencing.

Judge Peter Ross said Rourke, 55, had misjudged the speed of Mr Connor's vehicle and sentenced him to 120 hours community service.

Jane Davies, prosecuting, described the junction as a 'black spot'.

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