Jail for lorry driver who killed Huntingdonshire pair in A14 collision
PUBLISHED: 09:03 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:12 16 October 2017
A man who killed two Huntingdonshire men after his lorry ploughed into their vehicle has been jailed.
Stephen Widdowson, 51, of Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear, was sentenced to 16 months at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday after previously pleading guilty to two charges of causing death by careless driving.
The court heard how Widdowson was driving a fully laden car transporter along the westbound carriageway of the A14 at Swavesey on April 20 last year when he collided into a white Ford Transit at speed.
The driver of the van, 31-year-old Jason Louis, from Stilton, and passenger Daniel Marshall, 37, from Hartford, both died at the scene.
PC Andy Ralph from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire investigation unit said: “This collision was completely avoidable had Widdowson paid proper attention to the road ahead.
“His actions on the day of the collision and the length of time it has taken for him to admit his responsibilities have caused great distress to the families of those who died and everyone involved.”
Widdowson was given 16 months for each count of causing death by dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and eight months.
Inquests into the deaths of both Mr Louis, of Worthington Close, and Mr Marshall, of Mayfield Road, were opened at Lawrence Court, in Huntingdon, in April 2016.
They were subsequently adjourned pending reports and will be re-opened again at a later date.