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12 month ban for lorry driver in Solihull death smash

A LORRY driver, involved in an M42 crash that killed a pensioner, has been banned from driving for just 12 months.

A LORRY driver, involved in an M42 crash in Solihull that killed a pensioner, has been banned from driving for just 12 months.

Grandfather Gilbert Holmes, from Tingley in Wakefield, died after his Chevrolet Matiz was hit by a lorry travelling north near junction 5 at around 4.30am on March 6.

Emergency services were called out and the 84-year-old was rushed to hospital where he died a short time later.

Lorry driver, Michael Kozlowski from Stoke-on-Trent, was also treated for shock. The 39-year-old was later charged with causing death by careless driving, which he had admitted previously at Solihull Magistrates Court.

Inspector Mark Watkins, from the regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This was a tragic case where an elderly gent lost his life, and we will never truly know what happened that day.

"Mr Holmes car came to a stop on the motorway and the lorry driver spotted this too late. Sadly, Mr Gilbert's family will never know what exactly happened but they will hopefully take some comfort from knowing that someone has admitted causing his death."

Mr Holmes, a widower, leaves a son, David, daughter-in-law, Denise, and two grandchildren; Stephanie and Gordon.

David said: "We are all devastated. He was a good friend throughout my life. He was very active and he will be very much missed by us all."

Mr Holmes was a retired manager for Yorkshire Imperial Metals having previously served in a number of different regiments including the Green Howards, and served in India, Malaya and the Far East.

On Wednesday September 26, Kozlowski was sentenced to a 12-month community order, ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work, and received a one-year driving ban.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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