Cumbria

Christine McGuire death: Man jailed over M6 crash

Christine McGuire Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption Christine McGuire was married and had two sons and three grandchildren

A pensioner whose dangerous driving caused the death of a retired nurse on the M6 in Cumbria has been jailed.

Christine McGuire, 67, from Stranraer, died when her car, which was on the hard shoulder near Penrith, was struck by another vehicle in January 2015.

Colin McLachlan, 74, had earlier admitted causing her death by dangerous driving at Carlisle Crown Court.

McLachlan, from Kilmarnock, was jailed for 21 months and given a four-year driving ban.

Mrs McGuire, a married mother and grandmother, was killed instantly when her Renault Kangoo was struck by McLachlan's Nissan Pathfinder.

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Image caption McLachlan said he was unfamiliar with UK roads

She had been travelling home to Stranraer and was inside her stationary vehicle on the hard shoulder having suffered a puncture moments before the crash near Penrith.

The court heard McLachlan's vehicle, which was travelling northbound, had "deliberately drifted" from the second lane of the motorway on to the hard shoulder. There was no evidence of braking before he stuck the Renault, which was catapulted towards the central reservation.

McLachlan had been distracted as he reached for a tissue, and was unfamiliar with UK roads after spending more than three decades driving in the Middle East and the US, the court was told.

Judge Peter Davies, who heard of the "shock and distress" felt by Mrs McGuire's family, said: "I have to take into account the catastrophic harm of what has been admitted by you to be a dangerous driving incident."

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