Five-year jail term for lorry driver

John Kirk
John Kirk

A lorry driver has been jailed for five years - and banned from driving for the same amount of time - after causing the death of a fellow trucker.

John Kirk, 26, of Glen Drive, Boston, admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of Andrew Nimmo, 24, on the A19 outside Middlesbrough.

Kirk (pictured) ploughed into Mr Nimmo’s Volvo truck and a Ford Focus driven by Lada Khazanovych, 38, at about 5.25am on August 6 last year.

Mr Nimmo was killed instantly while the pianist suffered serious leg injuries and a cut to the scalp, Teesside Crown Court was told. Mr Nimmo and Ms Khazanovych were said to be on the hard shoulder exchanging details after a minor bump when Kirk’s Skania articulated lorry smashed into them.

Speaking after the hearing Pc Darren Cawthorne, senior investigating officer, said:“Kirk showed no regard for the rules of the road. He ignored the strict legislation around working hours, had two jobs and went to great lengths to fabricate a false record of what work he was doing and when. He had also been speeding for most of the journey and had taken a call without a hands-free kit which lasted almost an hour.

“His disregard for road safety was blatant. This was not an accident. Due to Kirk’s driving and lifestyle, in reality it was a disaster waiting to happen.”

Pc Cawthorne also welcomed Kirk’s sentence - which was handed down on December 5 - saying it sends out a ‘strong message’.