HGV driver admits causing death of Murton man

Andrew Nimmo pictured with fianc�e Janinne Lesley and her daughter Laylah Hope.
Andrew Nimmo pictured with fianc�e Janinne Lesley and her daughter Laylah Hope.
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A LORRY driver has been locked up after he admitted causing a crash that left one man dead and another woman in hospital.

Andrew Nimmo, 24, of Murton, died after the lorry he was driving collided with a Scania Arctic HGV and a Ford Focus car on the A19 near Middlesbrough on August 6 last year.

The driver of the Scania, John Kirk, 26, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Nimmo’s death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court today.

He also admitted causing serious injury to Lada Khazanovych, 37, who was found lying in the road by North East Ambulance Service.

She was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough with fractures to her legs.

Kirk also admitted entering false rest days on his driving log on nine separate occasions between July and August last year.

Sentencing was adjourned until Friday, December 5, for reports.

Statements on the impact of the crash will also be obtained from the victims, including Mr Nimmo’s family, some of whom were in court.

But Kirk, of Glen Drive, Boston, Lincolnshire, asked to be locked up in the meantime.

His barrister Matthew Gent said: “He is utterly remorseful for what occurred on that date.

“He wants to be punished, he wants to be sent to prison.”

Remanding Kirk in custody, Judge Peter Armstrong said: “A custodial sentence is inevitable, the question is how long that has to be.

“The court will be assisted by a pre-sentence report and the family of the deceased and lady who was injured should have the opportunity to make statements setting out the impact on them of this driving.”

Kirk was also disqualified from driving.

The length of the ban will be set at the sentencing.

Andrew, who worked for skip hire firm Alex Smiles in Deptford, had been planning to marry fiancée Janinne Leslie and the couple were looking forward to building their lives with Janinne’s daughter, Laylah Hope.