Lorry driver convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in Chelmsford

Mick Ferris

A lorry driver has been convicted of causing a fatal collision in Chelmsford.

On Thursday September 23, 2021, serving Essex Police officer PC Tris Baker was off duty and travelling on the A1060 in Roxwell at about 1.50pm when the car he was driving was struck by a lorry being driven by Robert Harrison.

PC Baker, 41, died at the scene.

He was a serving Essex Police children and young person officer based in Brentwood.

Following an investigation into the collision completed by the serious collision investigation unit, Robert Harrison, 38, of St Clair Close, Clacton, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

At the first court hearing Harrison admitted the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving but, in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, a decision was made to pursue a conviction for the more serious offence.

As part of the investigation into Harrison’s sleep history it transpired that he was vulnerable to falling asleep in monotonous situations such as driving on a familiar road, sleeping only between five and six hours per night and requiring strong doses of caffeine in order to carry out his day-to-day responsibilities.

The trial was heard at Chelmsford Crown Court over four days and today, June 14, a jury found Harrison guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

He will be sentenced on July 20.

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Mick Ferris

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