Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Lorry driver jailed after M27 death crash

M27 crash
Image caption Five vehicles were involved in the crash

A lorry driver has been jailed for causing the death of a man in a five-vehicle crash on the M27 in Hampshire.

Kevin Burton, 45, from Southampton, died after his Ford Focus was hit by a lorry at junction 9, eastbound, in March.

Three other vehicles were also involved and seven people were injured.

Richard Bingham, 53, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after admitting causing death by careless driving at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Image caption Fire and rescue teams tackled the blaze

Bingham, of Thames Close, Warminster, Wiltshire, was also disqualified from driving for three years and five months.

Mr Burton's fuel tank split during the crash resulting in a fire, police said.

The father-of-two's widow, Rachel, said: "Kevin should have had a full life and now that has been denied to him, it is that we feel most sadness about, he will never get to hug his son when he finishes his GCSE's or walk his little girl down the aisle on her wedding day.

"No family should lose someone close to them in this way and not be able to have said goodbye."

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