Crash that killed Michael Coleman on the M4 near Coryton, Cardiff in November 2016
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M4 fatal crash family's plea saves driver from prison

A tanker driver who caused the death of a man in a crash on the M4 has been spared an immediate prison sentence after a plea from the victim's partner.

Carl Askew, 47, was given a 32-week sentence, suspended for two years, after his tanker crashed into a crane driven by Michael Coleman, 50.

Mr Coleman's partner Wendy Ann Randal told Cardiff Crown Court she did not "bear malice to the driver".

Askew, of Gloucester, admitted causing death by careless driving.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Coleman's son Jack explained why the family had asked the court not to send the tanker driver to jail.

  • 23 May 2016