Family of Sunderland man speak out after careless driving verdict

First published in News

THE family of a motorist killed when a lorry ploughed into his broken down car have spoken of their loss.

Gordon Blair, described by his family as "a doting father", died on December 28 when a 44-tonne truck crashed into his car on the A1(M) in North Yorkshire.

The 50-year-old psychiatric nurse was travelling from his home in Sunderland to visit his parents in West Yorkshire when his Nissan Almera broke down.

He was standing behind the car when the Scania lorry driven by 43-year-old Christopher Lewis, of Northallerton, smashed into his car.

Lewis was found guilty of causing death by careless driving on Friday following a trial at Teesside Crown Court, banned from driving for a year and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid community work.

Today (November 5), Mr Blair’s parents issued a statement saying the were satisfied with the outcome of the trial.

They said: "We are satisfied that 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."

They added: "Gordon was a doting father to his young son Archie, a loving son and inspirational brother. We miss him terribly.

"Our thanks go to everyone who worked to bring justice for Gordon."

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