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Football agent jailed for death by dangerous driving

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A football agent whose dangerous motorway driving killed one man and permanently paralysed another, has been jailed for seven years.

37-year-old Peter Morrison, had been speeding and sending a string of WhatsApp messages, minutes before losing control of his car.

The incident happened in 'atrocious' weather conditions on the M6 near Tebay, on 21 February 2016.

Morrison's vehicle swerved off the southbound carriageway, hitting two highways workers who were stood watching the recovery of two previously-crashed vehicles.

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51-year-old Adam Gibb from Penrith was killed while his colleague, Paul Holroyd, of Kirkby Stephen, suffered life-changing injuries.

Mr Holroyd, now aged 53, was left permanently paralysed from the chest down.

Morrison admitted careless driving, yet denied that dangerous driving caused Mr Gibb's death and Mr Holroyd's serious injuries.

But he was convicted, unanimously, of both offences following a crown court trial.

Jurors heard Morrison had exchanged 25 phone messages during the 23 miles.

The last he sent, 96 seconds before the crash, was to Nottingham Forest's Zach Clough - a link to video footage of a wonder goal the striker had scored.

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"Remorseful" Morrison, a married father-of-one and an ex-pro footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers and Scunthorpe United before his career was cut short by injury, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court this afternoon.

In a letter to the court, Morrison, of The Warke, Worsley, near Manchester, stated: "I will punish myself, mentally, for this until the day I die."

Mr Justice William Davis told him the jail term he was imposing "does not begin to reflect the true value of the lives you have wrecked".

Morrison was also handed an eight-year driving ban.

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