A lorry driver who crashed into a police officer as he helped a stranded motorist who had broken down on the hard shoulder of a motorway has appeared in court charged with causing his death by dangerous driving. West Yorkshire Police traffic officer, PC Mark Goodlad, 41, died when he was struck by a lorry as he helped a woman who had broken down on the M1 south of junction 39, close to Wakefield, last October. Today Andrew Abernethy, 45, from Oldham, appeared at Wakefield Magistrates Court, charged with causing his death by dangerous driving.
Mr Abernethy did not enter a plea during the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes. He was granted bail and will appear at Leeds Crown Court on June 20th. PC Goodlad's widow Helen, was in court for the hearing and shook visibly as the charge was read out.
PC Goodlad, who had a 14 year old son Ben, had been with West Yorkshire Police for 10 years. The 51 year old woman whose car had broken down, was injured in the crash, but survived.