Lorry driver’s suspended sentence after fatal accident

Chris Tindall
May 26, 2021

A “totally avoidable” fatal collision between an artic and an 89-year-old pedestrian has resulted in a 12-month suspended prison sentence and disqualification for the driver.

Trucker Stephen Bedder was also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court on 7 May, after being found guilty of causing death by careless driving at an earlier hearing.

He was driving a Renault tractor unit with an articulated trailer in May 2018 when he came to a halt at a pedestrian crossing in Norwich, almost three metres over the stop line. Pedestrian Geoffrey Spalding stepped out in front of the vehicle and as he did so, the traffic lights changed to flashing amber and Bedder moved off, hitting Spalding and knocking him to the ground. The pedestrian sustained significant injuries and died in hospital a few days’ later.

Andy Hughes from Norfolk Constabulary’s serious collision investigation team said: “This collision was totally avoidable. “Our investigation established that Bedder reacted late to the red light, stopping well over the stop line and, having done so, then set off on a flashing amber light failing to see Mr Spalding crossing in front of him. Had he stopped in the correct place and checked his mirror checks thoroughly, he would have seen Mr Spalding and been able to react.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and has covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning and Brexit.

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