‘No punishment will bring Gordon back’ – family of killed Sunderland nurse

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THE parents of a Sunderland nurse say they are satisfied with the outcome after the lorry driver who knocked down and killed their son walked free from court.

Gordon Blair died after he was hit by a 44-tonne Scania truck as he stood by his broken-down Nissan Almera in lane one of the A1(M) in North Yorkshire, near the road’s junction with the A59.

Lorry driver Christopher Lewis, 43, of Northallerton, was convicted last Friday at Teesside Crown Court of causing death by careless driving.

The jury cleared him of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving after hearing he suffered a sneezing fit in the moments before the collision on December 28, last year.

Lewis, the court heard, has driven two million miles in 21 years as a lorry driver and has no previous motoring or criminal convictions.

Judge Peter Bowers sentenced Lewis to 250 hours of community work, and banned him from driving for 12 months.

Mr Blair, 50, was a nurse at Ashwood Court nursing home in Sunderland and had been on his way to visit his parents in Yorkshire when the accident happened.

In a statement after the case, his parents said: “We are satisfied Mr Lewis was found guilty and that the court case has finally come to a conclusion.

“It was important to us that we found out exactly what happened on that dreadful day, and that the full facts were known.

“However, there are no winners in a case like this and no punishment can ever bring Gordon back to us.

“Gordon was a doting father to his young son Archie, a loving son and an inspirational brother.

“We miss him terribly.”

The family said they wished to thank everyone who worked to bring justice for their son.

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