Lorry Driver Jailed Over A2 Crash
6 October 2016, 12:22 | Updated: 6 October 2016, 12:26
A lorry driver who crashed into a line of rush-hour traffic on the A2 near Canterbury, leaving a man seriously injured, has been jailed for 12 months.
Vygantas Stanulis, 55, from Lithuania, hit the Ford Fiesta from behind at 50mph after momentarily taking his eyes off the road in January, police said.
The impact left its driver with a fractured skull and spine, as well as a number of other injuries, after his car was shunted into a flatbed lorry carrying wooden pallets in front.
Footage shows the Fiesta's bonnet crumple and the windscreen fly out, while the dual carriageway is left strewn with the flatbed's wooden cargo.
The victim's legs can be seen dangling from the wreckage of the windscreen.
Stanulis was jailed for 12 months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving after appearing at the Old Bailey on Monday.
He changed his plea to guilty on the day his trial was due to start after initially denying the charge.
The crash happened while Stanulis was driving his Mercedes lorry, which was carrying steel, at Harbledown shortly after 8.35am on January 19.
He only broke half a second before the collision.
Police Constable Celia Weller said: "Stanulis told us he had taken his eyes off the road for a second to look at two lorries parked in a lay-by. He described it as a momentary lapse in concentration.
"Stanulis didn't set out that morning to cause harm and he is still coming to terms with what happened. The victim still faces operations on his face and knee and will live with the consequences of this collision for a long time.
"It just goes to show that any lapse in concentration when driving can have devastating consequences.''