Man sentenced after fatal accident on the A31

Man sentenced after fatal accident on the A31

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:28am 24th February 2020. (Updated at 10:52am 24th February 2020)

A man involved in a fatal road traffic collision on the A31 in East Dorset has been sentenced.

41-year-old Wayne Lawrence McKay of Westminster Road in Poole, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday (21 February 2020) after admitting an offence of causing death while driving without due care and attention at a previous hearing. 

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 15 months.

McKay has been disqualified from driving for two years, ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service and pay fees totalling £315.

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'Loose dog' 

McKay was travelling toward Bere Regis in a white Citroen Relay dropside lorry on Tuesday 30 April 2019 at around 8.45am when a small grey Lhasa Apso dog ran out from a nearby property onto the road.

It ran in front of McKay's lorry before going into the entrance of Henbury Stud Farm near Sturminster Marshall.

McKay indicated intending to turn across the road to follow the dog into the farm to guide it to safety.

But he failed to see an oncoming vehicle in the opposite direction and his lorry collided with a green Kawasaki motorcycle being ridden by 40-year-old Andrew Mann.

Andrew Mann, 4 May 2019
Andrew Mann

Andrew was pronounced dead at the scene.

A white Ford Transit panel van was travelling behind McKay's vehicle at the time of the incident and collided with the lorry.

The occupants of the other vehicles involved did not sustain any injuries.

Police Sergeant Nikki Burt, of the traffic unit, said:

"Wayne McKay's careless actions very sadly resulted in devastating consequences for the family and friends of Andrew Mann and our thoughts remain with them.

"I hope this tragic case serves as a reminder to all motorists to drive carefully and considerately at all times, especially when there is a hazard on the road."