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Lorry driver tells inquest he would have avoided killing two if there had been a hard shoulder

Added 01-18-21 06:36:03pm EST - “Sheffield coroner made the comments during an inquest into the deaths of Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, who were killed while stationary on the M1 in South Yorkshire in 2019.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Lorry driver says crash wouldn't have happened with hard shoulder”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Smart motorways 'present an ongoing risk of future deaths', a coroner has concluded, following an inquest into the deaths of two men on a stretch of the M1 with no hard shoulder.

Sheffield coroner David Urpeth said the primary cause of death of Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, on the M1 in South Yorkshire in June 2019 was the careless driving of lorry driver Prezemyslaw Szuba.

Szuba, 40, ploughed into their vehicles as they stood stationary in lane one following a minor shunt.

But, recording a conclusion of unlawful killing, Mr Urpeth said: 'I find, as a finding of fact, it is clear a lack of hard shoulder contributed to this tragedy.'

Mr Mercer's widow Claire, who is a vocal campaigner against smart motorways, cried when the coroner gave his decision.

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