Driver convicted of dangerous driving is jailed following fatal crash



A driver convicted of causing death by dangerous driving has today been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

 
Jaroslaw Mieczan, 44, of Poland, was convicted at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday (5 April) and sentenced today (6 April).
 
Mieczan was driving a Mercedes HGV as a contractor when his vehicle collided with a white Fiat Panda and a black Ford Fiesta on 16th November 2017.
 
The collision occurred on the A689 near to Irthington at around 3.10pm.
 
The court heard how Mieczan had been travelling along the road when he swerved to avoid traffic in front, crossing double white lines and ending up in the path of the white Fiat Panda driven by Maureen Smith, who was driving east towards Brampton.
 
A head-on collision took place and Maureen Smith died at the scene.
 
Mieczan was interviewed and denied he had been driving dangerously or in excess of the speed limit. He told officer the incident was a “tragic accident” and that he was “deeply upset and distraught”.
 
However, the court found that his actions did constitute dangerous driving.

Upon release from prison, Mieczan will be disqualified from driving for four years and must successfully complete an extended re-test.
 
Sergeant Claire Sampson said: “The speed limit on the road was 50mph for HGVs and Miezcan was found to be driving in excess of this.
 
“The investigation showed that, upon cresting the hill, Miezcan would have had at least 272 metres of clear view ahead of him, during which time he would have easily been able to see the stationary vehicle ahead of him. However, there was no reduction in speed until a short time before the collision with Maureen Smith’s car took place.
 
“The result of this poor standard of driving has been a tragic loss of life. My thoughts today, and the thoughts of everyone at Cumbria Constabulary, are with the family of Mrs Smith.” 


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