Lorry driver admits his careless driving caused death of dad

Richard Bingham
Richard Bingham
  • Judge tells driver he may face prison
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A LORRY driver has admitted causing the death of a father-of-two by careless driving.

Richard Bingham, 53, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Kevin Burton, 45, from Southampton, died after his Ford Focus was in collision with Bingham’s DAF lorry and trailer at junction nine on the M27 eastbound at Whiteley.

It was a horrific scene following the crash on March 26 as both vehicles were engulfed in flames.
Bingham, of Thames Close, Warminster, Wiltshire, confirmed his name to District Judge Anne Arnold and entered a guilty plea.

The family of Mr Burton, who were sitting in the public gallery, sobbed during the hearing.

Richard Withey, prosecuting, said: ‘This was a very serious accident about 200 yards from junction nine.’

He said the matter was so serious it had to be dealt with by the crown court.

Judge Arnold said the court would be considering a jail sentence.

‘There’s a potential argument it was bordering on dangerous,’ she said.

Mr Withey added: ‘It was clearly more than a momentary lapse.’

Judge Arnold ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

The court heard Bingham was a professional driver and had been driving since the crash.

The judge was told that disqualifying his licence would mean he would not be able to provide for his family.

Judge Arnold told him: ‘My condolences are obviously with the family of the deceased. I’m going to exercise my discretion not to impose an interim disqualification, although the court will be disqualifying you in respect of the offence.’

Bingham will appear for sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court on December 11.