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Needham Market lorry driver Raymond Hogg admits dangerous driving after fatal A12 crash

A Needham Market lorry driver has been told to expect a “lengthy sentence” after admitting his dangerous driving killed a woman.

Raymond Hogg, 69, of Bridge Street, pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving, before Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon (Tuesday, September 10).

Mandy Snowling, from Ipswich, died after a six-vehicle collision on the A12 northbound, near Washbrook Copdock Mill interchange, on April 20 last year.

Ipswich Crown Court (16384210)
Ipswich Crown Court (16384210)

Her red Mazda 6 was involved in the collision along with a Volvo lorry, driven by Mr Hogg, another heavy goods vehicle and three other cars.

Ms Snowling, 43, died at the scene.

The court heard Hogg had been using a mobile phone for the majority of his journey from Chelmsford to Ipswich.

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It was said he was making a call around the time of the crash – and had been driving at 51mph on cruise control.

Allan Compton, representing Hogg, appealed for the sentencing to be delayed.

He said: “He is 69-years-old and of previous good character.

"This is a tragic case and we would want justice for all those involved and for the sentence to be appropriate.

“Mr Hogg has not driven since and has no intention of driving again.”

Mr Compton said further examination is needed of Hogg’s reaction during the incident.

Judge Martyn Levett agreed, adding: “There are too many details that I want to know, and we do not have enough time today in any event.”

“It is important to realise the sentence is going to be lengthy and he needs to prepare for that.”

He ordered the sentencing should be on the afternoon of October 9.

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