Jail for driver who killed people carrier passenger

Health and Safety

A lorry driver whose vehicle struck a people carrier on the M1 and killed a passenger has been jailed for more than four years.

Polish national Wojciech Bukowski, 65, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving (CM 11 June).

On Sunday 1 December, Bukowski’s HGV struck a Kia Sedona people carrier on the southbound carriageway of the M1 at junction 11a in Bedfordshire.

The driver of the Kia had pulled over to the inside lane as the vehicle was experiencing mechanical difficulties.

Emergency services attended and Zahid Ahmed, 19, who was sat in the nearside rear passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four of the other passengers were left with serious injuries and the driver suffered minor injuries.

Bukowski was unhurt in the collision.

Bukowski was also handed four 18-month sentences for each count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, which will each run concurrently alongside his longer sentence.

His Honour Judge Bishop said: “No sentence I can pass can turn the clock back, nor any amount of a sentence bring back what has been lost.”

Detective Constable Ben Amondsen said: “This was an extremely sad incident that could have been avoided, had Bukowski been paying attention to the road.

Matthew Kibble Transport boosts trailer fleet

Matthew Kibble Transport is expanding its general haulage fleet with the addition of ten new SDC curtainsiders. The new units will work on Pallet-Track operations, providing overnight-palletised freight, as well as specialist delivery services for multi-drop and oversized goods.

The new trailers have been fitted with a tuck away tail-lift and have BPW Eco-Plus axles, Haldex generation 3 braking with roll stability, full LED lighting, and a tracking system for vehicle optimisation.

Matthew Kibble, chairman, said: “I am very pleased to welcome our latest batch of new SDC Curtainsiders in response to increasing demand for our transport services. Through ongoing investment in our state-of-the-art fleet, our people, information technology, and materials handling equipment, Matthew Kibble Transport offers a fully structured service that is second to none, and our goal is to continue to advance and improve our customer offering.”