Jail for driver who killed Ashington teen

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A LORRY driver who killed an Ashington teenager has been jailed for dangerous driving.

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Gregg was employed by the Highways Agency and working on the A1 in North Yorkshire on June 24 last year.

But former Army driver Graeme Phillpott did not take any action to avoid the stationery Highways Agency vehicle which was fully lit and had a flashing arrow, as he drove his articulated truck north on the motorway.

Mr Gregg had been working part time before planning to join the army, and was with two colleagues putting out signs and cones in a section of northbound roadworks.

He was seriously injured and died later on in hospital.

Phillpott, from Bitchfield, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial last month at Teesside Crown Court.

He accepted he was to blame for the collision, but disputed his driving was dangerous, claiming he was momentarily distracted.

Ian Bridge, defending, said in mitigation: “He is horrified that he should have played a part in the cause of the death of a young man of the character of Ryan Gregg.”

Judge Briggs jailed Phillpott for three years and disqualified him from driving for the same period.