Lorry driver who caused fatal Wigton crash faces jail

Nigel Stevens Image copyright Craig McGlasson
Image caption Nigel Stevens admitted causing death by careless driving

A lorry driver who killed a motorist while reversing across a road at night has been warned he faces a jail term.

Nigel Stevens, 55, had been reversing his HGV across the B5305 near Wigton, Cumbria when David Mitchell collided with the trailer.

Stevens admitted causing death by careless driving and is due to be sentenced on 21 July.

Jurors at Carlisle Crown Court cleared Stevens of causing death by dangerous driving.

Judge Peter Hughes QC granted him bail but said the offence on 6 November 2015 "inevitably crosses the custody threshold".

Stevens' potato-laden trailer was blocking both carriageways as he reversed into a farm entrance near his Greenrigg Cottages home.

Mr Mitchell, 53, from Waverton, in Cumbria, suffered fatal head injuries.

The trial previously heard Mr Mitchell was estimated to be driving at between 30 and 40mph (48 and and 64 km/h) when he crashed.

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