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‘Reckless’ lorry driver jailed for ‘completely avoidable’ fatal crash

Mark Williams crashed his lorry into the back of a car in Grays, Essex.

A “reckless” lorry driver who killed a car driver in a “completely avoidable” crash in slow-moving traffic has been jailed for four years.

Mark Williams, 45, crashed his lorry into the back of the car, causing the car to hit the back of the lorry in front of it on the A13 near Grays, Essex Police said.

The driver of the car, 23 year-old Foday Koroma from Basildon, died at the scene at around 9.30am on February 2.

Williams, of Park Lane West, Tipton, West Midlands, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday.

He was jailed for four years, banned from driving for three years and will have to take an extended test.

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Detective Sergeant Pete Harris, from the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a completely avoidable crash which has led to the death of an innocent man.

“Mark Williams’s recklessness has had devastating consequences.”

Mr Harris said he hoped the sentence provided some solace to Mr Koroma’s family.

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