Lorry driver from Northampton jailed for five years and four months after fatal crash on the M1

Michael Eady
Michael Eady

A lorry driver from Northampton who killed a passenger on another lorry that had broken down on the M1 has been jailed for more than five years.

Michael Eady, from Penrhyn, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving following the crash on May 28 between junctions 13 and 14. The victim was a 25-year-old man, also from Northampton.

Eady was charged on June 4, just days after the accident and appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Monday before His Honour Judge Sheridan.

At that hearing Eady pleaded guilty to the offence, admitting he had taken anti-depressants and smoked heroin the evening before the collision.

His Honour Sheridan sentenced Eady to eight years in custody with a third off for early plea leaving five years and four months. He was given a 10-year driving disqualification commencing at the end of conviction, plus a full DVLA retest must be completed before getting his licence back.

On Friday May 29, a lorry broke down on the M1 between junctions 13 and 14. The driver stopped on the hard shoulder with his hazard lights on.

A matter of minutes later another lorry driven by Eady crossed the white line separating the hard shoulder from lane one and drove straight into the stationary lorry, killing the front seat passenger, a 25-year-old man from Northampton.

While undertaking the hospital procedure Eady informed the Forensic Medical Examiner that he had taken anti-depressants and smoked heroin the evening before the collision. Due to the injuries sustained by Eady he was not arrested immediately but remained in hospital for the next 24 hours before being discharged.

He was arrested on June 4 and charged and remanded in custody on the same day.