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Texting lorry killer sentenced to five years

Five years. That’s how long lorry driver Ethan Roberts will spend in jail after being convicted of killing two people with his lorry. He was found to have been texting his girlfriend at the time.

Roberts had sent dozens of text messages to his girlfriend in the days leading up to the crash.
Roberts had sent dozens of text messages to his girlfriend in the days leading up to the crash.

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Roberts swerved his 19-ton HGV across lanes and collided with hair salon boss Mark McHale, 46, and his wife Tamsie, 43. The lorry then topped over and crushed the couple’s car.

According to prosecutors, Roberts attempted to cover up his crime by deliberately deleted the text messages he’d been sending before police arrived. The court also heard that 44-year-old lorry driver had received as many as 58 messages from his girlfriend Helen Chapman in the three days leading up to the crash – days in which he would have been behind the wheel, as indicated by tachographs.

Roberts admitted two charges of causing the deaths of Mr and Mrs McHale by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to five years and three months and banned from driving for five years.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “Those who drive HGVs owe a particular responsibility to other road users because of the nature of the vehicle they drive and because the results of dangerous driving can be catastrophic.

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