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Lorry driver given four year sentence after fatal A12 collision

A 69-year-old lorry driver has been sentenced to over four years in jail following the death of a woman driver in a fatal road collision on the A12 at Washbrook.

Raymond Hogg, of Bridge Street, Needham Market appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today, Wednesday 9 October where he was sentenced to four years, four months in custody and disqualified from driving for seven years two months (from 11 September).

Hogg pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal road traffic collision on the A12 in which a woman died.

Officers were called at around 12:40pm on Friday 20 April 2018 to reports of a six vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the A12 at Washbrook, just prior to the Copdock Mill interchange.

Four cars including a red Mazda 6, a black Vauxhall Zafira, a black Toyota Hilux and a blue BMW 320 were involved in the incident as well as two Volvo lorries one of which was driven by Hogg.

Traffic was queuing on the northbound carriageway of the A12 near to Washbrook, prior to the Copdock Mill interchange.

Hogg’s HGV was travelling at around 50 mph as it approached the near stationary traffic in lane one and collided with the Mazda car, the vehicle at the back of the queue of traffic. As a result the Mazda then collided with the Volvo LGV in front of it, which in turn collided with the Zafira car and then into the Toyota Hilux and finally into the BMW car.

The driver of the Mazda, Mandy Snowling aged 43 from Ipswich, sadly died at the scene.

Occupants of some of the other vehicles sustained minor injuries.

Police launched an investigation into the circumstances of the collision. Following examination and analysis of Hogg’s phone it was found that it was in almost continuous use for more than 20 minutes prior to the collision. In addition an outgoing call was made seconds before impact which required the number to be manually selected or dialled. There was no evidence found that Hogg had applied the brakes of his HGV or took evasive action just prior to the collision.

Following the police investigation Raymond Hogg was summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on 13 August 2019 where he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Sergeant Scott Lee-Amies from the Serious Collision Investigation Team said;  "It is astonishing that somebody who drives for a living would behave so recklessly behind the wheel. Using a mobile phone whilst driving is one of the 'fatal four' factors that lead to serious collisions on our roads. I would urge all drivers to stop and think about the consequences of their actions.

"I would also like to thank Mandy Snowling's family for their patience and support during the investigation and I hope that the conclusion of this tragic case will provide some measure of closure.”

 

 

 

Previous release I 14 August 2019

A 69-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal road traffic collision on the A12 in 2018 in which a woman died.

Officers were called at around 12:40pm on Friday 20 April 2018 to reports of a six vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the A12 at Washbrook, just prior to the Copdock Mill interchange.

Four cars including a red Mazda 6, a black Vauxhall Zafira, a black Toyota Hilux and a blue BMW 320 were involved in the incident as well as two Volvo HGV lorries.

The driver of the Mazda, Mandy Snowling aged 43 from Ipswich, sadly died at the scene.

Following a police investigation into the circumstances of the collision, the driver of one of the HGV lorries, Raymond Hogg, of Bridge Street, Needham Market, was summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday 13 August 2019 where he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been bailed to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on 10 September.

 

 

 

Previous release | 21 April 2018

Police are naming the motorist who died following a road traffic collision on the A12 at Copdock yesterday, Friday 20 April.

Officers were called at 12.40pm to reports of a six-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway prior to the Copdock Mill interchange. Four cars including a red Mazda 6, a black Vauxhall Zafira, a black Toyota Hilux and a blue BMW 320 were involved in the incident as well as two Volvo HGV lorries.

The driver of the Mazda, Mandy Snowling aged 43 from Ipswich, sadly died at the scene.

A man and woman who had been travelling in the Vauxhall Zafira sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment but were later discharged.

The road was closed until around midnight to allow an investigation into the circumstances of the collision to take place.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, or to anyone who may have captured the incident on their dash cam as they were travelling either north or southbound, to call the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting CAD 155 of 20 April

Previous release | 20 April 2018 1.10pm

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A12 at Copdock.

Police were called at 12.40pm this afternoon, Friday 20 April, to reports of a multi vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway prior to the Copdock Mill interchange.

The northbound carriageway is currently closed and traffic is being diverted off at the exit for Washbrook. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Previous release I Friday 20 April 2.45pm

Both carriageways of the A12 at Copdock are now closed following two road traffic collisions.

Police were called at 12.40pm this afternoon, Friday 20 April, to reports of a six-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway prior to the Copdock Mill interchange.

A three-vehicle collision has subsequently taken place on the southbound carriageway opposite the scene of the initial collision. This occurred at around 2.15pm.

As a result of this the southbound carriageway has also been closed, with traffic diverted off at the Washbrook exit.

The northbound carriageway remains closed and traffic is being diverted off at the exit for Capel St Mary.

Both carriageways are expected to remain closed for several hours and motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route where possible.

Previous release - Friday 20 April 5.40pm

Police can confirm that one person has died in a road traffic collision that took place on A12 at Copdock.

Police were called at 12.40pm this afternoon, Friday 20 April, to reports of a six-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway prior to the Copdock Mill interchange.

A three-vehicle collision subsequently took place on the southbound carriageway opposite the scene of the initial collision. This occurred at around 2.15pm.

As a result of this the southbound carriageway has also been closed, with traffic diverted off at the Washbrook exit.

The northbound carriageway remains closed and traffic is being diverted off at the exit for Capel St Mary.

Both carriageways are expected to remain closed for several hours and motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route where possible.