A bin lorry driver who was speeding and distracted by his mobile phone moments before causing a fatal collision has been jailed for five years.
Adam Lipowski of Walmer Road, Reading, ploughed into the back of a car driven by grandfather Michael Jennings, 69, seriously injuring him and killing his passenger Andrew Evans in September 2013 on the A4074 near Reading.
He was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court today (Wednesday 6 May) to five years in prison, with a minimum of two and a half years custody - and banned from driving for five years for causing death by dangerous driving.
Reacting to the sentence, Mr Jennings, a retired ambulance technician, from Priory Road, Hungerford, said: "No matter what sentence he receives, one day he will be free to rebuild his life. That is something my colleague and passenger, Andrew, will never be able to do. His family will have to bear losing him in these tragic circumstances forever.
"I found it quite appalling that the truck driver denied the charges from the very outset.
"He sat there throughout the trial relying on some story in which everyone else was to blame except for him.
"I don't believe he is repentant or remorseful. If he'd have held his hands up from the start, that would have been some comfort but instead he chose to put us through a trial.
The married grandfather-of-five, who was shot in the leg but survived the Hungerford massacre in 1987, added: "My wife, Christine, has been a huge support since this crash.
"I've suffered physical wounds and also psychological injuries as a result of the serious brain injury I sustained which has changed my personality.
"I've become much more impatient, frustrated and easier to anger after this and I am never going to recover from this."
Mr Jennings has now instructed law firm Slater and Gordon to launch civil action against Lipowski.
His lawyer Matthew Claxson, of Slater and Gordon, said: "This jail term will never be able to undo the damage done by Lipowski's actions. He caused terrible injuries to Mr Jennings and caused the death of Mr Evans.
"His disregard for the safety of other road users became very apparent during this trial.
"The judge was satisfied Lipowski was speeding and distracted by his mobile phone before the crash. Lipowski was a professional driver so should have been even more aware of the danger his actions posed to other road users.
"Hopefully, this jail term and driving ban will make Lipowski understand how a total disregard for the rules of the road can result in tragedy and serve as a wake-up call to anyone else who might decide to break those rules."
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