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18 June 2015, 06:00
A 33 year-old lorry driver's been jailed for causing the death of a man from Northampton after crashing into another lorry on the M1 near Milton Keynes.
Michael Eady from Penrhyn Road in Northampton has been sentenced to 5 years 4 months for causing death by dangerous driving.
On Friday 29 May, a lorry broke down on the M1 between junctions 13 (Bedford/MK South) and 14 (Milton Keynes). The driver stopped on the hard shoulder with his hazard lights on.
A matter of minutes later another lorry driven by Michael Eady crossed the white line separating the hard shoulder from lane one and drove straight into the stationary lorry, killing the front seat passenger, a 25 year-old man from Northampton.
While undertaking the hospital procedure Eady informed the Forensic Medical Examiner that he had taken anti-depressants and smoked heroin the evening before the collision. Due to the injuries sustained by Eady he was not arrested immediately but remained in hospital for the next 24 hours before being discharged.
On June 15th at Aylesbury Crown Court, Eady pleaded guilty, admitting he had taken anti-depressants and smoked heroin the evening before the collision.
He was sentenced to 8 years in custody, but had a third off for an early plea, leaving 5 years and 4 months. He was given a 10 year driving disqualification commencing at the end of conviction, plus a full DVLA retest must be completed before getting his licence back.