Police release footage of moment distracted lorry driver kills man

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North Wales Police has released shocking footage that shows the moment a distracted lorry driver ploughed into the back of another vehicle, killing one man and severely injuring another.

The lorry driver, Nicholas Clough, 36, was sentenced to three and a half years in jail after pleading guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court to causing the death by dangerous driving of Daren Longden, 37, from Rawden, Leeds, on March 10 last year.
The accident happened on the A55 at St George near Abergele.

The court heard how Clough was not looking at the road ahead when he drove his Volvo HGV at 56-57mph, the vehicle's limit, into the back of a line of almost stationary traffic at 8.27am.

Prosecutor Matthew Curtis said Clough, from Bromborough, Wirral, had missed two warning signs of roadworks ahead before crashing into the Ford Transit Van, where Mr Longden was a passenger.

The dashboard camera in the defendant's cab had recorded the entire journey from Widnes that morning and an investigation into Clough's iPhone revealed he had "received, read and replied to text messages" before the accident.

The defendant told police he was "looking at the sat nav every now and then to check details."

Defending barrister Peter Horgan said the defendant, a "hard-working, decent, caring and sensitive man" was "genuinely wracked with remorse" for his actions.

Passing sentence, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths QC said: "Your fatal error was to fiddle with your sat nav to assist a colleague. You had indicated that you would call him back if and when you found out the address for him. You missed the warning of road works ahead of you."

Recorder Griffiths also banned Clough from driving for two and a half years, ordering him to take a re-test first and pay a victim surcharge of £170.

North Wales Police released the shocking footage to serve as a warning to other drivers.