Sleeping disorder claim dismissed by jury

Chris Tindall
March 15, 2024

A lorry driver has been jailed for seven years after he ploughed into pedestrians at a bus stop and killed a 14-year-old boy.

Frederick Mansfield, 43, claimed in court to suffer from sleep apnoea and blamed the condition for the collision, but the jury did not accept this and found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious personal injury by dangerous driving.

At around 3.30pm on 21 December 2021, Logan Finch, 14, was waiting for a bus in Greenwich, south east London, with family members after having been swimming with friends. As they waited at the bus stop a drop-sided lorry, driven by Mansfield, drove into them.

Officers, London Ambulance Service, London’s Air Ambulance and London Fire Brigade attended the scene and three pedestrians, Finch, his 40-year-old aunt and her nine-year-old son were found suffering from injuries.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Finch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mansfield stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Detective Sergeant Louise Woodgate, of the Met’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “I hope that Frederick Mansfield uses his time behind bars to consider the human cost of his actions and the heartbreak he has caused to Logan’s family and loved ones.”

“Logan’s death, and the injuries caused to the other two victims were wholly avoidable.

“While nothing can bring Logan back, I hope that his family find a small measure of comfort from the sentence handed down.”

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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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