Lavenham: Prison for careless driver after death of 30-year-old

THE family of a 30-year-old Suffolk man killed in a road crash have called for improvements to the junction in Sussex where he died.

Lavenham-born Christopher Alderton died a week after the collision on the A24 in Dial Post, Sussex, on January 14 last year.

This week, Cary Gordon, 49, of Marine Parade in Worthing, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court to a six month spell in prison for causing death by careless driving.

Gordon, who admitted the offence, was working as a recovery driver when his Renault truck collided with Mr Alderton’s blue Nissan Micra.

Mr Alderton, who went to school at Stoke Middle and Cornard Upper before working at the Angel in Lavenham for several years, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with head injuries and later moved to Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath, where he remained until his death.

Mr Alderton’s family, in a statement, said: “Nothing will ever bring Christopher back and he will be eternally missed by all those who knew and loved him.

“This type of junction has a history of accidents. How many more people have to die before action is taken? The loss of Christopher will be with us for the rest of our lives. We do not want another family to suffer in this dreadful way.”

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His family was last night travelling back to their home in Suffolk.

Sergeant Clare Kenward, of the Haywards Heath Road Policing Unit said: “All road fatalities are tragic and our sympathies are with Christopher’s family and friends, who have waited a year for closure.”

Gordon was also banned from driving for 12 months.