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Police say sentence reflects the severity of Robert Booth's crime

Sergeant Gavin Green, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit Credit: ITV News Central

A lorry driver has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after admitting to causing the death of a child in an M6 motorway pile-up.

Robert Booth, from Sunderland, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court today (Monday 25 February) after pleaded guilty to causing the death of four-year-old Priyanka Bhogal in a multiple vehicle collision on the M6.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years.

Sergeant Gavin Green, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are pleased with the sentence today which reflects the severity of Booth’s crime and how seriously the courts view dangerous driving.

"This brings to an end a complex and distressing investigation, which we hope will bring some small consolation to the family of Priyanka, whose lives were shattered by her death."

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M6 death: father says justice has been done

The lorry driver who killed a young girl in a motorway crash after ignoring speed limit signs has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Robert Booth told the court he may have fallen asleep due to obstructive sleep apnoea when his vehicle smashed into slow moving traffic, killing four-year old Priyanka Bhogal.

The girl's father, Joginder Bhogal, said outside court that the sentencing was another milestone in the 'dark days' of their lives.

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