Lorry driver jailed for A1 workman's death

A lorry driver who killed a workman has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving.

Ryan Gregg was one of a crew laying cones at night on the A1 near Catterick, North Yorkshire, last June when he was hit by the vehicle.

The 18-year-old from Ashington, Northumberland, was seriously injured and later died in hospital.

Graeme Phillpott, 51, and of Bitchfield, near Grantham, Lincs, was sentenced to three years.

He had earlier been convicted following a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

The hearing was told that he had failed to take any action to avoid the stationary Highways Agency vehicle, which was fully lit and had a flashing arrow, and would have been visible for 29 seconds.

He denied that he had fallen asleep at the wheel and claimed he was distracted momentarily.

'Attention wandered'

However, the court heard that before the accident he had been studying for an exam, had dozed and watched television during the afternoon, and then had to wait an hour for a trailer to be ready.

Judge Tony Briggs said: "The effect was to cause your attention to wander and it was a lack of attention over a significant period."

Ian Bridge, defending, said Phillpott was "horrified" that he had caused the death.

Mr Gregg, who was working part-time prior to joining the army, was described by the judge as a young man of "very considerable promise".

The judge accepted that Phillpott was of previous good character.

He was jailed and disqualified for driving for three years.

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