Lorry driver Steven Hole jailed after death crash
A lorry driver has been jailed for 10
months after his moment's inattention left a Margate postman
Steven Hole, 45, appeared at
Canterbury Crown Court where he was told by Judge Adele Williams
she regarded the case as falling not far short of dangerous
Hole, of Farm Avenue, Swanley had
pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mick Garner by careless
driving and was committed for sentence by Margate Magistrates.
Mr Garner was hit by Hole's 18 ton HGV
as he cycled along Marine Terrace on hs regular route to work at
3.45am on May 14.
Hole did not see him until the very
last minute when he swerved to avoid Mr Garner, but the lorry
struck the bike, knocking Mr Garner to the floor where
he suffered serious head injuries and died later in
John Bishop, for Hole, said he worked
as a driver until losing his licence because of this accident.
He said his speed may have increased
to 44 as he was trying to avoid the cyclist when he realised he was
in front of him.
He said the part of the road at the
accident scene was not far from the station roundabout and narrowed
because of a pedestrian crossing and there was very little room for
"There is no suggestion he had been
drinking or was using his phone and was two hours into his shift,
he regularly worked nights. He was looking to the right at the
roundabout watching for any boy racers who may come round to speed
off down the seafront and noticed a police car coming the other
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