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Bury St Edmunds lorry driver Zachary Sutton handed suspended sentence following death of hitchhiker Egidijus Linauskas on A143 at Pakenham

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A lorry driver from Bury St Edmunds who caused the death of a hitchhiker by careless driving has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Zachary Sutton, 38, of Fallowfield Walk, clipped Egidijus Linauskas with his HGV's wing mirror while driving on the A143 at Pakenham on July 1, 2019.

Mr Linauskas, of no fixed abode but originally from Lithuania, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, following the incident, and died 10 days later.

Ipswich Crown Court.
Ipswich Crown Court.

At Ipswich Crown Court earlier today, Sutton was sentenced after pleading guilty to the incident at a hearing in the same court last month.

The court heard how Sutton had clipped Mr Linauskas, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident, at around 40 to 42mph on a road with a 40mph speed limit, and for that reason he was not exceeding the speed limit.

But Judge David Pugh said Sutton's own experts noted he had 'ample' time to have avoided hitting Mr Linauskas.

He added it was 'important to remember that as a consequence of your driving Mr Linauskas is not here today'.

In mitigation, Mr Gareth Munday, said his client's life had been 'turned upside down' since the incident, and he was 'ashamed' of what had happened.

Mr Munday also said his client 'immediately' started suffering from depression following the incident which he said was a 'momentary lapse of concentration'.

The court also heard references to Judge Pugh on behalf of Sutton, including from his previous employer, 'spoke highly of him'.

Sutton was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He must also carry out 240 hours of unpaid work, pay a victim surcharge, will be banned from driving for 12 months and must take a retest before being able to drive again.

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