Romanian lorry driver jailed for killing a motorcyclist in West Thurrock

A ROMANIAN lorry driver has today been jailed for four and a half years and given a six year driving ban for killing a motorcyclist in West Thurrock.

Stana Caltun, 35, appeared at Basildon Crown Court today, Wednesday, January 27, and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

On the morning of Friday, September 18, 2015, Ms Caltun was driving an articulated goods vehicle on the A282 near West Thurrock when she struck a motorcycle being ridden by 53-year-old Paul Garner from Maidstone, Kent.

As a result of this collision Mr Garner sadly died.

The police investigation showed that at the time of the collision Ms Caltun was using her mobile phone for a call that had lasted seven minutes and also made other phone calls whilst driving. It is believed that due to her phone use she drifted from lane two into lane one and struck Mr Garner.

It was also identified that Ms Caltun deleted data from phone after the collision in an attempt to hide her phone call and was also using a device in her cab which interfered with the records of her driving activities.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Scott Egerton said after the hearing: "The use of a mobile phone whilst driving an articulated goods vehicle was utterly irresponsible and dangerous.

"As a result of this, Mr Garner’s family have been left devastated. I hope that the guilty plea today is some small help to them.

"This case must serve as a warning to any driver who uses their mobile phone of the risk they take, the consequences they face and the hurt they can cause.”

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