Distracted driver jailed for causing cyclist death

Chris Tindall
April 15, 2020

An HGV driver who killed a pedestrian pushing a bicycle while distracted by his mobile phone – and then attempted to hide the device in an external compartment – has been jailed for 40 months.

Dan-constantin Caraza, 30, pleaded guilty to causing the death of 65-year-old Brian Riley on the A134 Long Melford bypass in Suffolk in October 2018.

Riley was struck from behind by Caraza’s cement mixer lorry and he died at the scene.

Dashcam footage obtained from the cement mixer showed his vehicle drifting to the nearside prior to hitting Mr Riley and analysis of Caraza’s mobile phone found that it had been active at the time of the collision, as it had been on a number of occasions earlier the same morning.

After the collision, a camera on the outside of Caraza’s vehicle then captured him exit the cab and place a mobile phone into an external compartment, before going to check on Riley.

When he pleaded guilty, Caraza admitted he had been distracted by his mobile phone but claimed he had not been using it.

Detective inspector Chris Hinitt of Suffolk police said: “I struggle to find the right words to express my feelings about this incident and the sheer mindlessness that brought a very sudden and abrupt end to a 65-year-old man’s life.”

About the Author

Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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