Sunderland driver denies causing death of girl, 4

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A LORRY driver has denied causing the death of a four-year-old after his truck ploughed into a traffic jam.

Robert Booth, of Brockley Street, Town End Farm, is alleged to have slammed into the back of a line of stationary traffic in his lorry on the M6, near Birmingham.

Priyanka Bhogal, from Coventry, who was travelling in her family’s Vauxhall Zafira, was killed and seven other people injured in the crash in November.

The smash closed down the motorway for more than six hours.

It happened between junctions 4a and 4 at just after midnight on November 27.

Two of Booth’s family members were in Warwick Crown Court yesterday to hear the 63-year-old confirm his name and enter his not guilty plea to causing death by dangerous driving.

He will stand trial early next year.

Ian Mullarkey, defending, told the court: “There is a combination of difficulties. Mr Booth has some difficulty in recollecting the precise events leading up to the collision.”

Mr Mullarkey said the defence planned to instruct a psychiatrist to look at whether that was a consequence of the collision itself or for some other reason.