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Lorry driver jailed over boy's death on A4146 near Milton Keynes

Christopher Mallett Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Christopher Mallett had admitted causing death by careless driving, but denied causing death by dangerous driving

A lorry driver has been jailed for four years for crashing into a stationary car and killing a seven-year-old boy who was inside.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed was a passenger in a Toyota Rav4 when it was hit on the A4146 near Milton Keynes.

Christopher Mallett, 35, of Clyde Place in Bletchley, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was banned from driving for three-and-a-half years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

The collision happened on the southbound section of the Stoke Hammond by-pass at about 14:20 GMT on 20 March and the boy died at the scene.

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Mallett had admitted the lesser offence of causing death by careless driving, but denied the dangerous driving charge.

An Aylesbury Crown Court jury found him guilty of the more serious offence after a trial at Amersham in February.

At the time of his death, the boy's family issued a statement via his school, Hayden Abbey Primary in Aylesbury.

It said: "He was a very happy little boy with an infectious smile and loved to entertain his classmates by telling jokes and stories.

"Mohammed Ali was a very popular member of the class and this was summed up by one of his friends - 'Mohammed Ali was always very friendly and I will miss him'."

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