Lorry driver admits causing death by careless driving after A47 collision

PUBLISHED: 12:54 08 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:23 08 July 2019

Flowers placed next to the A47 at Scarning. Picture: Ian Burt

Flowers placed next to the A47 at Scarning. Picture: Ian Burt

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A driver has admitted causing death by careless driving after a collision involving two lorries on the A47 in mid Norfolk.

Lorry driver Clive Storrs, 64, from Doncaster, admitted causing the death of Mark Rodwell by careless driving on February 1, last year, and was told by a judge he must prepare himself for his sentencing, which will take place next month.

Mr Rodwell was a passenger in the lorry and died at the scene of the crash, which took place on the section between the A1075 and A1065 at Scarning, near Dereham.

Both drivers were said to have sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Richard Paterson, appeared for the prosecution at the hearing at Norwich Crown Court, and said the case would have to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be obtained.

Aaron Dinnes, for Storrs, said that the driver was soon to turn 65, and asked if could be given time between now and his sentencing to get all his affairs in order.

He said that at the moment Storrs was still working between 7.30am and 8pm and said that he needed time to prepare for his sentence.

"I ask the court for time so he can put his affairs in order."

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He said that Storrs would soon be coming up for retirement and explained that his wife did not drive at all,

Judge Anthony Bate adjourned sentencing until August 1 and granted Storrs bail while his report is prepared.

However he warned Storrs he must prepare himself for a possible sentence of custody as well as a driving ban.

"It is a serious matter and disqualification will inevitably follow. You must prepare yourself for that."

Judge Bate described the accident as a sad case.

The crash which took place in February, last year, closed the road for several hours and a crane was needed to remove the vehicles from the scene.

Norfolk Police posted on Twitter that officers had assisted in a "complex recovery" operation.

A number of messages of sympathy were also left at the scene and one of them read: "We are so sorry that this happened."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones. Rest in peace."

At the time Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman said the accident highlighted the urgency for dualling the A47.

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