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.

Container haulier adds Actros Edition 1 to fleet

Woodcock

Family haulier G Woodcock & Son has added a limited-edition Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 1 to its fleet of seven Actros tractor units.

The Royton, near Oldham, based firm transports shipping containers nationwide and will use the new Edition 1 on its work to ports including Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway.

Fitted with GigaSpace cabs and with additional LED lights, black leather interior and gloss-black grille, the new Actros also has all the latest Mercedes safety equipment installed, including MirrorCam and Active Brake Assist 5.

“We’re a relatively small company in a crowded marketplace, so I felt we had to do something to really get us noticed,” explained owner Geoff Woodcock.

“It’s a fantastic-looking vehicle and makes a real statement – you certainly can’t miss it,” he added.

G Woodcock & Sons began life in the 1920s but the company in its current form was established 45 years ago by Woodcock who now runs the business with his son Nicholas.

“Our Actros tractors have proved over many years to be extremely reliable and cost-effective to operate. They’re also great to drive and provide a comfortable living and working space. The Actros Edition 1 combines all of these qualities with an added layer of exclusivity,” Woodcock said.