A13: HGV driver that collided with stationary police car is sentenced to nine points
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An HGV driver who admitted careless driving after he collided with a stationary police car on A13, has been sentenced to nine penalty points and fined.
David Boca, of Torworth Road, Borehamwood, admitted careless driving when he attended Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 13 December where he was sentenced to nine penalty points. The 62-year-old was also fined £733 and costs.
On the afternoon of Sunday 11 June, three Roads Policing officers were tasked with attending a BMW, broken down on the London bound carriageway of A13 between the Stanford-Le-Hope interchange and the Orsett Cock roundabout.
Upon their arrival, they placed their vehicle in a “fend off” position in lane 1, with emergency lights activated, at a distance of approximately 35 metres from the breakdown, whilst they spoke to the occupants of the vehicle. The car could not easily be moved, so officers moved everyone behind the barrier at the side of the road to await recovery.
Within minutes, a loud bang was heard, and officers turned round to find their police marked, Vauxhall Astra car, had been struck by a heavy goods vehicle (HGV).
The impact had pushed the marked police car across the carriageway coming to rest at the central reservation barrier, now facing the oncoming traffic.
Essex Police’s Head of Roads Policing, Mr Adam Pipe, said:
Thankfully, no one was injured that day. It doesn’t bear thinking about if someone had been struck by the lorry instead of the car.
Roads Policing officers’ role is to ensure the safety of the roads in Essex, identify offenders who break the law and who drive in a manner that threatens the safety of others.
This collision was completely avoidable.
A police car was positioned as both a warning and a means of creating a safety barrier between moving traffic and the breakdown, so as to prevent an incident.
Drivers who don’t follow instructions or remain unaware of their surroundings risk putting everyone, including, themselves in danger too.
Every day we take emergency calls from the public who need our help: a police vehicle is a very important resource in helping us fight crime.