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M1 lorry driver in court over PC Mark Goodlad's death

Mark Goodlad
Image caption PC Goodlad died on the hard shoulder of the M1

A lorry driver has appeared in court accused of causing the death of a police officer who stopped to help a stranded motorist on a motorway.

PC Mark Goodlad was hit on the hard shoulder of the M1, near Wakefield, after going to the woman's aid.

Andrew Abernethy, 45, of Rembrandt Walk, Oldham, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

He appeared before Wakefield magistrates and was bailed to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 20 June.

Mr Abernethy spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the brief hearing.

PC Goodlad, 41, from Goole, East Yorkshire, died when an orange Scania articulated heavy goods vehicle hit a marked BMW X5 police car and a grey Suzuki Swift on the southbound carriageway last October.

The police car and the Suzuki were both stationary on the hard shoulder.

The officer was between the two vehicles, helping the 51-year-old female driver of the Suzuki. The woman suffered minor injuries in the incident.

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