M6 horror smash lorry driver pleads guilty to dangerous driving - The Rugby Observer

M6 horror smash lorry driver pleads guilty to dangerous driving

A MOTORIST was so badly injured in a smash involving his car and two lorries on the M6 in March that he has only just been discharged from hospital, a judge has heard.

Victim Martin Brannigan was trapped in his vehicle in the crash on the M6 southbound between junctions 3 and 2, and had to be cut free before being rushed to hospital.

Following a police investigation into the crash, one of the lorry drivers was charged with being responsible for the pile-up, which led to the southbound carriageway being closed for almost five hours.

And at Warwick Crown Court, Andrew Hallbrook, 45, of Donnington Court, Dudley, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to Mr Brannigan by driving his Daf HGV on the M6 dangerously.

Asking for the case to be adjourned, prosecutor Adam Wester explained: “The prosecution wish to serve a comprehensive medical report, together with a prognosis.

“Mr Brannigan left hospital on Wednesday, so there should be no difficulty in obtaining a medical report.”

And Earl Pinnock, defending, also asked for there to be an adjournment – for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Hallbrook.

Adjourning the case for both the medical report and the pre-sentence report to be prepared, Recorder Stuart Sprawson granted Hallbrook bail with a condition of residence at his home address.

But Recorder Sprawson, who also imposed an interim disqualification, warned Hallbrook: “You have pleaded guilty to an offence which is extremely serious, which could result in a prison sentence.

“You must not leave the court under any illusions that that will not be at the forefront of the court’s mind.”

Mr Brannigan is believed to have suffered life-changing spinal cord damage in the crash.

Described on a crowd-funding page as a ‘former Irish dancing dad,’ a benefit evening was held recently at the Royal Hotel in Sutton Coldfield to raise money to help him and his family.


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