JAILED: Lorry driver who killed Mansfield Woodhouse man in crash after using mobile phones and sat nav at the wheel

The crash occurred in December 2016
The crash occurred in December 2016

A lorry driver who caused the death of a Mansfield Woodhouse man in a crash after using two mobile phones and a satnav at the wheel has been jailed for three and a half years.

Keith Manning, of Devon Road, Newark, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) for sentencing after a four-day trial. The 36-year-old had previously pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving but was convicted.

The collision occurred on the A617 near Hockerton at just after 8am on Monday December 12 2016 and involved a 38-tonne articulated lorry and a Ford Transit van.

The van was being driven by Stephen Marshall, 58, from Mansfield Woodhouse, who died from the impact.

The court heard how Manning's dashcam footage and phone work showed that he had made calls on both his work and personal mobiles and had been programming his satnav while driving.

The evidence showed that at the time of the collision, Manning had ended a call on his mobile.

In a matter of seconds he had lost control, crossed onto the wrong side of the road and into the path of Stephen Marshall's van, leaving Mr Marshall with no chance to avoid the crash.

As well as the prison sentence, Manning was also disqualified from driving for three years and nine months, with an extended retest requirement.

Detective Sergeant Adam Cooper from Nottinghamshire Police's Serious Collision Unit said: "This incident shows the catastrophic impact that inattention whilst driving can have. Manning was effectively at the hands of a lethal weapon and he showed complete disregard for the power of the machine he was driving.

"Stephen Marshall's death was completely avoidable. His family are left picking up the pieces and the Christmas period will now serve as a constant reminder of the tragedy. Keith Manning is beginning a prison sentence and leaving his own family to cope with the impact of that. 

"I cannot emphasise enough that whilst driving, full attention needs to be given to what is happening on the road. Distractions such as using mobile phones and sat navs  can, in a moment, have devastating consequences that impacts on many lives.

"Nottinghamshire Police Collision Investigation team will bring those that cause death or serious injury before the courts.

"The message is simple no phones, no distractions, no excuses."