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Jail for 'careless' road sweeper driver who killed Fenland road worker

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A 'careless' driver of a 15-tonne road sweeper who killed a workman moments after getting off the phone has been jailed and their employer fined £750,000.

Cosmin Stanciu, 36, was sweeping a roundabout under construction when he ran over colleague Daniel Gooch.

Stanciu had expressed concerns about road surfacing staff being too close to his truck before the accident.

Daniel Gooch (51800468)
Daniel Gooch (51800468)

Immediately afterwards, he pulled his road sweeper forwards with the intention of re-passing over the area.

But he had not spotted Mr Gooch who was crouching down by the truck’s front right-hand wheel so he could line-mark the road.

The 40-year-old father of two from Wisbech was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after suffering multiple injuries to his head and body.

CCTV footage revealed Stanciu had an animated hands-free phone call with a colleague moments before pulling away.

The Runnymede roundabout in Egham, Surrey, was undergoing major roadworks when the accident occurred on the night of June 1, 2018.

An investigation found there were multiple health and safety failings by the victim’s employer, Toppesfield.

The company, who also subcontracted Stanciu, had failed to implement and monitor safe ways of working on the site.

Last month (August 25), Toppesfield Ltd were found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £750,000.

They have also been instructed to pay further costs which are still to be determined.

Stanciu, of Luton, Beds, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.

He was also banned from driving for three years and three months when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday ( 28).

Officer Stuart Bonner said: “This tragic incident shows how dangerous and devastating the effects of careless driving can be.

“The road resurfacing industry needs to learn from Daniel’s death and take action to avoid this type of unnecessary incident happening again in the future.

“Every road user has a responsibility to those around them, and Stanciu and Toppesfield failed on this occasion.

“I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Daniel’s family and friends, there are no words for such a sad and unnecessary loss.

“I hope that after today those affected can start rebuilding their lives after this tragic incident.”

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