Dangerous lorry driver jailed over hit and run

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A lorry driver who hit an RAC patrolman on the hard shoulder of the M6 last year has been jailed.

Sixty nine-year-old Terence Poolman simply drove off after hitting the roadside mechanic, who had stopped to help a stricken motorist between junctions six and seven in the West Midlands.

West Midlands police released presented footage at Birmingham Crown Court clearly showing Poolman's lorry veering out of lane, before hitting the unidentified RAC employee. Although his vehicle's registration number was not captured on film, a passing motorist had taken it down, aiding in Poolman's arrest.

The 40-year-old mechanic suffered a back broken, and was left on the hard shoulder before another passing lorry driver came to his aid.

PC David Gaunt said: "The recovery driver is extremely lucky to be alive and the consequences of Poolman's complete lack of attention that day could have been a lot worse," reported the BBC.

"The victim remains in a lot of pain and has been unable to work since the crash.

"The impact of his injuries will stay with him for the rest of his life and he worries about what kind of work he will be able to do in the future."

Poole received an eight-month prison sentence after admitting three charges, including causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for two years.

Click play below to watch CCTV film of the incident. Viewers of a sensitive disposition may find the footage upsetting.