Driver fell asleep in fatal collision on A149 at Dersingham, court told

PUBLISHED: 18:59 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:59 20 October 2016

Police at the scene of the collision on the A149 near the Dersingham roundabout. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Police at the scene of the collision on the A149 near the Dersingham roundabout. Picture: Matthew Usher.


A South Wootton man has received an eight month jail sentence after admitting causing the death of a 77-year-old man.

It follows a fatal collision on the A149 at Dersingham, near King’s Lynn, in July 2015 when a grey Nissan Qashqai driven by Keith Brooks, 74, from Ennerdale Drive, crossed into the opposite lane crashing head on into a Citroen Picasso.

The front seat passenger of the Picasso, Roy Shinn, 77, from North Wootton, died at the scene. His wife, who was driving, also suffered injuries as well as Brooks and his front seat passenger.

Several witnesses passed comment regarding the driver of the Nissan falling asleep, with two independent witnesses saying they heard Brooks state at the scene that he had fallen asleep.

A collision report concluded there was no mechanical faults with the vehicle and the collision happened as a result of a period of inattention as a result of him falling asleep.

Brooks pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to eight months in custody, two years disqualification from driving and a subsequent extended retest after appearing at Norwich Crown Court today.

Steve Matthews, from the Serious Collision Investigation Team, said: “Just a momentary lapse in concentration while behind the wheel can have devastating consequences, as seen here, and I would urge all drivers to pay full attention to their journey and if feeling tired take frequent breaks or consider if you need to drive at all.”

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