A careless driver was convicted on Tuesday, 25 January, at Staines Magistrates Court, after a police appeal for witnesses brought forward key testimony.
Mark Barker, 49, of Linkfield Road, Isleworth, was in a serious collision on the M3 slip road near junction 3, back in January of 2021.
Barker was driving his transit van when he crashed into the rear of a Peugeot, shunting it into the rear of a lorry. He then fled the scene but was successfully tracked down to nearby woodland by police dog Oakley.
When appearing in court Barker pleaded guilty to three offences including failure to provide a specimen for evidential analysis, failure to stop at the scene of a collision and careless driving.
He was sentenced to four months imprisonment (suspended for two years), disqualified from driving for three years, completion of 250 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £757 in costs and fines.
DC Phil Haffenden from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said;
“Careless driving can have devastating consequences and it is just pure luck that no-one lost their lives in this incident. We will not tolerate this type of selfish behaviour and where possible will always pursue convictions for careless drivers. We would like to thank all of the members of the public who responded to our witness appeal for more information and also the other emergency responders at the scene who provided key evidence. Your information and help really does make a difference."