Nottingham

Lorry driver Dorel Galan jailed over fatal A1 crash

Dorel Galan Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption Dorel Galan was a "persistent user" of a mobile phone while driving

A lorry driver has been jailed for five years for killing a man after driving dangerously on the A1.

Romanian national Dorel Galan, 38, of Essex, admitted causing the death of council worker Ian Newell, 52, by driving his lorry recklessly on 9 March.

Six vehicles were involved in the crash on the northbound carriageway of the A1 near Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Mr Newell, of Grantham, Lincolnshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nottinghamshire Police said Galan's lorry ploughed into the back of a queue of traffic waiting to exit on the A46 / A17 slip road.

The force said a reconstruction illustrated that Galan should have been able to see the queue for 23 seconds, but he was not paying attention.

'Excellent husband'

He was a "persistent user" of a mobile phone while driving, detectives said.

Galan, of London Road, Grays, also admitted two counts of using a false instrument, contrary to the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Nottinghamshire Police said this related to the misuse of his driver's card and the vehicle tachograph - a device that automatically records speed and distance.

Galan admitted all three charges in a 15-minute hearing aided by an interpreter.

Mr Newell's family did not attend Nottingham Crown Court, but he was described by the judge as an excellent husband, father, son, brother and friend.

Galan was jailed for five years and three months and also disqualified from driving for six years and eight months.

Det Sgt Clare Gibson said the death toll could have been much higher had it not been for the quick thinking of other drivers.

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