Gravesend lorry driver jailed over crash that killed other motorist
PUBLISHED: 13:55 15 October 2018
A Gravesend lorry driver has been jailed for causing the death of another motorist.
Dariusz Mrozek, 43, of Admirals Way, was charged with one count of causing death by dangerous driving – however, he was found not guilty by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court on October 11, 2018.
He was instead sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
The jury heard how at 6.15am on September 22 2017 a man was killed by Mrozek after his green Scania articulated lorry crashed into a white Iveco recovery truck, which had stopped on the hard shoulder of the M25 following the breakdown of a car.
The victim was not in his vehicle at the time of the collision, which happened between junction 5 and 4 on the anti-clockwise carriageway.
Mrozek was arrested following the collision and was later charged by postal requisition.
As well as being sentenced he was disqualified from driving for two years and was ordered to take an extended driving test after this time.
Investigating officer Det Con David Holmes said: “This was an incident which could have been avoided if Mrozek had been driving with the proper care and duty for which he should have been.
“He put the victim’s family through the ordeal of a trial and I’d like to commend their bravery throughout and I hope this outcome serves as a reminder to others to drive in a safe and sensible manner when getting behind the wheel of a car.”