Lorry driver jailed for causing fatal crash

Jose De Sousa
Jose De Sousa

A 50-year-old lorry driver who smashed into a broken-down car will spend four-and-a-half years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

Jose De Sousa, of Uxbridge Road in Feltham, was ‘tired or distracted’ when his HGV hit the Peugeot 407, parked in the near-side lane of the M40.

Ausra Budreckaite, 35, who was the front seat passenger in the car, died instantly.

The fatal crash happened in the early hours of March 28 last year on the M40 between junctions 9 at Bicester and 8a at Wheatley.

An investigation showed De Sousa had been tired or otherwise distracted.

De Sousa was charged on October 16 last year and pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on October 21 this year.

He was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday and will spend four years and six months in prison. He is banned from driving for 10 years.

Investigating officer detective sergeant Kerry Clarke said: “Mr De Sousa’s decision to drive his heavy goods vehicle whilst unfit to do so resulted in the death of another person.

“This sentence sends a clear message to those who choose to gamble with the lives of others by driving whilst unfit to do so through tiredness, or any other reason.

“Thames Valley Police will continue to investigate the actions of those who cause death on the roads in our region, and press for the heaviest penalties against those convicted of such crimes.”