Prison for texting lorry driver who killed couple

By Gary Adair

Lorry driver Ethen Roberts has been given a prison sentence of five years and three months after admitting causing the death of Mark and Tamsie McHale by dangerous driving.

In July 2012 Mr Roberts lorry crushed the Audi car being driven by Mr and Mrs McHale on the M62 in West Yorkshire. Police were later able to establish that Mr Roberts was reading a text message on his phone at the time of the fatal crash. An inspection of his phone revealed that Mr Roberts regularly sent and received text messages at times his lorry's tachograph showed that the vehicle was in motion.

Mr McHale, a 46-year-old deputy head teacher, and Mrs McHale, a 43-year-old beauty salon owner both died at the scene.

The case is one of the more terrifying examples of what is becoming a regular occurrence on the roads of Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK - motorists taking their attention off the roads to use their mobile phones, putting themselves and other drivers at risk.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of a road traffic accident in Northern Ireland you can speak to a solicitor specialising in compensation claims by calling 0800 840 9289.

Or to speak to a solicitor specialising in motoring offences contact 0800 840 0546.