Lorry driver jailed for causing death of motorist on Thanet Way

JAILED: Bradley Simmonds

A lorry driver has been jailed after causing the death of a man on the Thanet Way near St Nicholas at Wade in 2021.

Bradley Simmonds, 49, from West Kingsdown near Sevenoaks, was found to have taken cocaine at some point before the waste removal lorry he was driving collided with a car.

On 16 August 2021, Kent Police was called to a coastbound stretch of the A299 between Herne Bay and Birchington, where a car was in a ditch at the side of the road.

South East Coast Ambulance Service was in attendance and treated the driver of the car, who had sustained life-threatening injuries. Sadly, despite the efforts of emergency services, father of two Luc Brou was declared deceased at the scene a short while later.

Witnesses reported that the man’s car had been stationary on the road with hazard lights flashing, after it had apparently broken down on the dual carriageway.

Traffic was moving around the car and into the adjacent lane, but a waste removal lorry that was being driven by Simmonds collided with the back of the car and forced it off the road.

Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit began an investigation, which led to Simmonds being charged.

A test showed Simmonds had 11 times more than the specified limit of benzoylecgonine in his blood, a chemical which indicated he had taken cocaine prior to the fatal collision.

Simmonds pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving when over the prescribed limit, and on 14 December, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 years.

Detective Constable Claire Fullagar, of Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are grateful to the witnesses in this case who came forward and provided accounts that helped to secure the conviction of the lorry driver, whose actions on that day have changed lives forever.

“This devastating incident has caused immeasurable grief to the victim’s family, who our specialist officers continue to support, and shows the catastrophic consequences of taking drugs.”

 

4 Comments

  1. The punishment does not fit the crime. Double the custodial sentence and a lifetime driving ban. He has absolutely ruined a family and ultimately killed a person by his drug taking.

  2. If you break down on a fast road, get out of your vehicle and wait on the verge.
    I agree about the sentence. 4½ years means he could be out in 2. And ban or not, a man who thinks nothing of driving a truck whilst under the influence will think nothing of ignoring any ban.

  3. A waste lorry carrying a waste of space.Ruined the lives of an innocent family.He will be out, soon,to do the same thing,again.He needs wasting.

  4. Drivers who kill like this mean the victim(s) have caused a life sentence of grief for their families and friends. The sentences for killing someone when drunk, or on drugs are an insult to the victim, and should more reasonably be as high for manslaughter, or a minimum of 20 years in custody!

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