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A lorry driver has been jailed for killing a police officer when his truck strayed onto the hard shoulder of the M1 motorway. PC Mark Goodlad - described as a one in a billion - was struck down by the HGV moments after he'd pulled up to help a motorist who'd got a flat tyre.
Andrew Abernethy was locked up for two years and nine months after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving. David Hirst reports.
Andrew Abernethy has been jailed for 2 years 9 months for causing the death by dangerous driving of PC Mark Goodlad.
Witnesses said court Abernethy had "smashed full speed" into Mark Goodlad's car, trapping the PC.
Abernethy told the court he had not fallen asleep - he had "got something in my eye".
PC Mark Goodlad died after being hit by a vehicle as he helped a stranded motorist on a motorway hard shoulder in West Yorkshire.
Andrew Abernethy, 45, from Oldham, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving and is due to be sentenced today at Leeds Crown Court.
He was driving a Scania articulated lorry, which hit a marked BMW X5 police car and a grey Suzuki Swift on the southbound carriageway of the M1, near the village of Crigglestone, in October last year.
The police car and the Suzuki were both stationary on the hard shoulder and officers said PC Goodlad, from Goole, was between the two vehicles, helping the 51-year-old woman who had been driving the Suzuki.