A VAN driver who caused a crash which killed a pensioner was jailed for six months.
Rhys Lowry, 25, smashed his delivery van into the back of a Hyundai while driving on the M53 at Willaston, Wirral causing the car to veer off the road and hit a tree.
Passenger Jean Murdoch, 92, who had been travelling to her home in Heswall, suffered fatal internal injuries.
Her nephew Peter Halliwell, who had been driving her back from a residential home in Yorkshire, told police he had overtaken a slower moving vehicle and was travelling at about 60 to 65 mph in the middle lane when he noticed the van approaching from behind.
Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court: “He kept looking in his rear view mirror thinking that the van would slow down or pull out to overtake him but having looked three times he saw that the van was going to hit the rear of his car which it then did with a loud bang.”
The car was pushed into a Ford Focus before spinning off the road, hitting a tree and then the crash barrier.
Though Mr Halliwell managed to get out of the car his aunt died a short time later. The drivers of the Focus suffered minor injuries.
Lowry, of St Peters Park, Northop, Flint, went over to Mr Halliwell at the scene and said: “I'm sorry, I didn't see you.”
Andrew Jebb, defending, said Lowry had only been driving for 11 months when the crash occurred.
The father-of-one pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was jailed and banned from driving for three years.
Judge Norman Wright said the accident was ‘bizarre’, adding: “There seems to be no other cause for this inattention, which was not momentary.”