Driver jailed following death of boy at crossing in Wareham

Pictured: Jaiden Mangan

A lorry driver has been jailed for a year following the death of a young boy in Wareham.

Three-year-old Jaiden Mangan was on a pedestrian crossing with his mother when he was hit on 29th March last year.

44-year-old Dean Phoenix from Basingstoke, had pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving but had denied causing death by dangerous driving.

Phoenix was sentenced to 12 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 18 months, with the ban due to commence upon his release from prison.

In court on Thursday (25th), the jury took 3 hours to find him not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving by a majority of ten to two.

Jaiden was killed on a pedestrian crossing where he was crossing on his balance bike.

His mother and his sister were slightly ahead of him when he was knocked over.

The court heard Phoenix had been frustrated and angry because his lorry had been blocked by an illegally parked car, and that he'd failed to notice the lights on the pedestrian crossing had changed to red.

Tributes were left for Jaiden following the incident in 2018

Mr Phoenix found himself in a very difficult position that day. Unfortunately he parked his vehicle on a crossing where he couldn't anticipate the lights, he couldn't anticipate the dangers and hazards that were around him. He failed to make a number of checks that could have and should've been done, which could have avoided this tragic death."

Joe Pardy, Dorset Police

The cause of Jaiden's death was a combination of the illegally parked car, for which the 71-year-old driver has already been convicted of careless driving, and the careless driving of Dean Phoenix.