Lorry driver jailed for death crash near Dartford Crossing
PUBLISHED: 16:45 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:11 30 August 2013
A lorry driver who killed a pensioner near the Dartford Crossing has been sentenced to almost five years in prison today.
German Anton Maizen, 58, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Basildon Crown Court in July.
Ronald Moughton, 79, of Ilford, died when his Renault Clio was involved in a pile up with four lorries and five other cars on the clockwise carriageway of the M25 near Aveley, Essex.
Maizen was arrested at the scene on April 2 this year and was given a 56-month jail charge, disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to pay a £125 victim surcharge at Basildon.
Mr Moughton’s 58-year-old son Keith and Carol Boulton, 47, from Basildon, suffered serious injuries in the crash.
Senior Investigating Officer, Insp Keith Whiting of Essex Police, said: “We believe drivers and owners of foreign and British commercial lorries will take note from this tragic incident that those who disregard the law and the safety of vulnerable people in smaller vehicles around them will be brought to justice, face a prison sentence and a lengthy disqualification.
“We also believe that people who were disrupted for several hours as a result of this crash will appreciate that the complex and meticulous investigation undertaken by Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit was justified and has successfully brought a driver to justice for causing one death and serious injury of two other road users.”
A 43-year-old lorry driver was also arrested at the scene but he was released without charge.
Maizen will have to take an extended driving test to regain his licence.