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Sleep deprived driver worked 19-hour shift when he crashed into HGV and killed friend

Stephen Robinson, right, admitted causing death by careless driving (Picture: NCJ Media)

Stephen Robinson, right, admitted causing death by careless driving (Picture: NCJ Media)

A driver who worked a double 19 hour shift before he ploughed into a parked HGV, killing his colleague and friend, has been jailed for nine months.

Stephen Robinson 33, was returning home at around 5.15am on March 22, along with his colleague and friend Alex Dickson, 34.

They had been returning from work, after being part of a safety convoy escort on roadworks on the A69 at Gilsland, west of Hexham.

Robinson, who had worked 47 hours in the three days leading up to the crash, crashed into the HGV, which did not have its parking lights on.

He told police at the time that he had mistaken green cats eyes next to a layby for a slip road, moments before the crash took place, Teesside Live reported.

Mr Dixon from Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, died at the scene of the crash after sustaining devastating injuries.

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He was due to be married to his partner Gemma Ritzema last week, with Robinson due to be his best man.

A traffic safety company foreman killed his friend and work colleague by smashing into the back of a parked lorry while sleep deprived after doing a 19 hour double shift. Stephen Robinson was minutes from home in the West End of Newcastle on his way back from working through the night on roadworks when tragedy struck for front seat passenger Alex Dixon. A court heard, in his fatigued state, it's likely Robinson mistook a layby on the A69 near Throckley and Lemington for a slip road and failed to see a parked HGV, which he smashed into the back of. Stephen Robinson has been jailed for nine months following a collision which claimed the life of his best Alex Dixon

A court heard, in his fatigued state, its likely Robinson mistook a layby on the A69 near Throckley and Lemington for a slip road and failed to see a parked HGV (Picture: NCJ Media)

She told the court that she had been left with a life sentence of grief following his death.

Ms Ritzema said: We were due to be married last week but instead, one week later, I am sat in court listening to the moment my whole world came crashing down.

I spent time planning his funeral when I should have been planning our wedding.

A traffic safety company foreman killed his friend and work colleague by smashing into the back of a parked lorry while sleep deprived after doing a 19 hour double shift. Stephen Robinson was minutes from home in the West End of Newcastle on his way back from working through the night on roadworks when tragedy struck for front seat passenger Alex Dixon. A court heard, in his fatigued state, it's likely Robinson mistook a layby on the A69 near Throckley and Lemington for a slip road and failed to see a parked HGV, which he smashed into the back of. Alex Dixon, who died in a crash on the A69

Alex Dixon died at the scene (Picture: NCJ Media)

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