Durham A1 crash: Lorry driver browsing dating sites at wheel jailed after causing three deaths

Lorry driver browsing dating sites at wheel jailed after causing three deaths

1/11/2022 4:38:00 PM

Lorry driver browsing dating sites at wheel jailed after causing three deaths

Ion Nicu Onut, 41, was jailed for the three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

His 305-tonne lorry, laden with fertiliser, was moving at least 50mph over that time.Onut, 41, originally from Romania but who had moved to Galashiels, had ignored warnings of delays, slow traffic and a closed hard shoulder caused by a spillage of handbrake fluid.

'Casual sexual partners'Witnessed saw him driving erratically minutes before the collision, on the northbound carriageway near junction 61 at Bowburn.Judge James Adkin said: "You were not asleep at the wheel, which would have been bad enough. In fact you were trawling the internet on dating sites looking for casual sexual partners."

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Eight years and ten months for killing three people, disgusting sentence. Thankyou for putting this news item on. I remember the crash on being reported on Television. Very sad indeed, but hopefully some closure with driver jailing. The law for Dangerous driving, that causes death needs to be reviewed.

Just a guess deport; never to return. Send family with them. Maybe they will give grief deserved. May upset a few but we need a better judicial system this would stop the free ride; might make them take notice; as will come out a lawyer or barrister maybe even a judge. Well at least in Jail he wont newd no dating app ...so many sutors

Maximum sentence 14 years I believe he got 8 and a bit 😡 sad for the victims and the families rip 8 years for killing 3 people is not justice for the families who have to live with the pain for the rest of their lives 💌 Now its easy for him to finalise the location

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David Daglish and Elaine Sullivan died at the scene His 305-tonne lorry, laden with fertiliser, was moving at least 50mph over that time. Onut, 41, originally from Romania but who had moved to Galashiels, had ignored warnings of delays, slow traffic and a closed hard shoulder caused by a spillage of handbrake fluid. 'Casual sexual partners' Witnessed saw him driving erratically minutes before the collision, on the northbound carriageway near junction 61 at Bowburn. Judge James Adkin said: "You were not asleep at the wheel, which would have been bad enough. In fact you were trawling the internet on dating sites looking for casual sexual partners." His lorry was travelling at 58mph when it hit a line of stationary traffic - including the Vauxhall car in which Mr Daglish and his partner Ms Sullivan were travelling and the Toyota Hilux driven by Mr Mullen - and burst into flames. There were two lorries and four cars involved in the collision, with several other people suffering serious injuries. Image source, Image caption, Paul Mullen was also killed in the crash The lorry "careered out of control, destroying everything in its path" before ending up 100m down the carriageway past the point of the initial impact. Nick Dry, prosecuting, said: "He was utterly engrossed in internet activity, in pursuit of sexual gratification, over an extended period of time while in control of a large goods vehicle on a busy motorway." Michael Hosty, also a lorry driver, and another man, Ryan Campbell, were commended by the court for their bravery in rushing to help pull Onut free from his burning cab. The consequences of Onut's actions, were "catastrophic", the judge said. Onut was also disqualified from driving for a total of 14 years and five months. Follow BBC North East & Cumbria on