A 27-year-old man has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty following the death of a man in a collision on the M69 in October 2017.
Ashley Wilkes, of Springfield Road, Wolverhampton, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Monday 18 June), where he admitted charges of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was given a two years prison sentence for the death by dangerous driving offence and one year prison sentence for the serious injury by dangerous driving offence, to run concurrently. He also received a six year driving disqualification and will need pass a re-test after his disqualification finishes.
The collision happened at around 10am on Tuesday 10 October, on the northbound carriageway of the M69, between junctions 1 for the A5 at Hinckley, and junction 2 for Sapcote.
Two vehicles were involved in the incident, a breakdown recovery truck and a Transit van.
The driver of the recovery vehicle, 42-year-old Christopher Hadland, of Leicester, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the recovery vehicle, a woman in her 20s, sustained significant injuries and was treated at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.
Wilkes, who had been driving the Transit van, was seriously injured in the collision and spent several weeks recovering in hospital.
Detective Constable Alison Briance, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a horrific collision which resulted in the death of a man.
“Mr Hadland was carrying out his job as a recovery service engineer, as he would do on any other day, when the collision took place. This incident serves as a reminder to drivers that motorways are fast and dynamic roads that need drivers to remain vigilant when using them.
“I am pleased that Wilkes has pleaded guilty today and spared Christopher’s family and also the injured victim from hearing the details of the collision in court.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News