Jail sentence for causing A16 death crash

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A motorist who killed a night shift worker when he overtook on a bend causing a head-on collision, has been jailed.

Mark Spindler was nearing the end of a 140-mile journey when he pulled out to overtake a car and an articulated lorry.

He failed to see an oncoming Volkswagen Polo and the vehicles collided head-on.

Keith Tyler (52), of North End, Swineshead, who was a passenger in the other car, was killed and two of his work colleagues were seriously injured.

The three men were on their way to work a night shift at the Perkins Diesels engineering factory in Peterborough, where Mr Tyler had worked for over 20 years.

Lincoln Crown Court heard other motorists could not believe that Spindler chose to overtake on the sweeping left hand bend.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said “The driver of the Polo was met by a set of head lights straight in front of him. He had no time to react.”

Spindler, who was returning to south Lincolnshire after spending the week working in Swindon, escaped unhurt.

He was overheard to say: “I don’t know what I was doing.”

Before being arrested at the scene he told a witness he was fed up with following the lorry and wanted to get past it.

The court heard that Spindler had a clean driving licence and had never had an accident in 22 years of driving.

Mr Tyler’s widow Dawn was left devastated by his death.

In a statement read out in court she said they had been “inseparable” since meeting as teenagers.

Spindler (40), of Quadring Road, Donington, admitted causing death by dangerous driving as a result of the collision on the A16 Crowland bypass on November 12 last year. He was jailed for two and a half years and banned from driving for four years.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “This was a very bad motoring manoeuvre. The sentence has to be one of imprisonment.”

Ben Walker Nolan, defending, said Spindler was a hard working man who has expressed remorse for what he did.

“He has a strong sense of shame over the loss and destruction he has caused.

“He was not in excess of the speed limit and he was overtaking at a place where it would have been lawful to overtake had it been safe to do so.”