VIDEO: German lorry driver delivering to Lincolnshire jailed for death by dangerous driving
A German lorry driver delivering to Lincolnshire has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting killing a motorist in a road crash on the M25 in Essex.
Anton Maizen had been at work for nearly 23 hours and driving for nearly 15 hours of this 23 without a break.
His 40 ton lorry struck a line of queuing traffic on the clockwise carriageway of the motorway near Aveley at 12:30pm on Tuesday, April 2 leading to a multi-vehicle collision involving four lorries and six cars.
The driver of a Renault Clio, 79-year-old Ronald Moughton from Lowbrook Road in Ilford, was certified dead at the scene.
Ronald's son, 59-year-old Keith Moughton also from Ilford, was the front-seat passenger.
Carol Boulton, a 47-year-old woman from Basildon, was the driver of a Mercedes A-Class.
Both Keith and Carol are recovering from their injuries at home.
CCTV clearly shows the scene and other drivers slowing and safely coming to a stop on the slip road.
During his police interviews, Anton Maizen was unable to explain why he struck the rear of the queue at his maximum speed of 56mph.
He hit a BMW, which contained a mother and her young son, propelling it into another lane and into the path of a lorry.
Maizen was arrested at the scene and has been charged with one count of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The 58-year-old from Wixhausen in Germany pleaded guilty to these charges at Basildon Crown Crown on Thursday, July 25 after which he was remanded in custody prior to his sentencing at the same crown court on Friday, August 30.
He regularly drove lorries in the UK on this route.
The 840-mile journey had begun in Germany, with Maizen entering the UK via Folkestone.
He then drove to south London, before continuing on his way to Lincolnshire.
He was returning to the Channel Tunnel when the crash took place on the M25.
Senior Investigating Officer, Insp Keith Whiting, said: “We believe drivers and owners of foreign and British commercial lorries will take note from this tragic incident that those who disregard the law and the safety of vulnerable people in smaller vehicles around them will be brought to justice, face a prison sentence and a lengthy disqualification.”
Road policing officers are continuing with their enquiries into the owners of Maizen’s lorry to ensure they have not contravened European driver hours regulations.
Maizen was also disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended driving test before he can regain his licence.
A victim surcharge of £120 was also imposed.