Southend man jailed after admitting dangerous driving as his lorry crashed into a car and left girl with brain injuries

The Moon family at Essex Air Ambulance base in Earls Colne. Mum Nicola, dad David, Maisie and sisters Ella and Melissa

The Moon family at Essex Air Ambulance base in Earls Colne. Mum Nicola, dad David, Maisie and sisters Ella and Melissa

First published in Local News

A WAREHOUSE worker has been jailed for crashing a lorry into a family car, leaving a baby girl with brain injuries.

Latvian Gendrihs Kuplovs-Okinskis, of Central Avenue, Southend, admitted dangerous driving.

He veered into the path of oncoming traffic and smashed into a Vauxhall Zafira car, driven off-duty policeman David Moon.

Mr Moon’s daughter Maisie, then just 15 months, suffered serious head injuries.

She was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, for life-saving treatment and is still receiving physiotherapy and speech therapy nearly 18 months after the crash.

Mr Moon suffered a broken rib, and his other older daughter, Ella, suffered cuts and bruises in the crash.

Yesterday at Chelmsford Crown Court, Kuplovs- Okinskis was jailed for nine months and banned from driving for two years for causing the crash, in Coggeshall Road, Earls Colne, on September 6, 2012.

He claimed he was rusty when bosses at Peacock Foods, in Halstead, ordered him to drive the bread delivery lorry or lose his job.

Samantha Leigh, prosecuting, told the court Kuplovs-Okinskis had over-corrected after avoiding low-hanging branches, causing the accident. He was not speeding and the lorry was not found to have any defects.

Kuplovs-Okinskis’s lawyer, Shauna Ritchie, told the court her client had valid licences to drive HGVs in Latvia and in the UK, but had not driven a lorry for a significant period. He was pressed into service at short notice, the court heard.

Mrs Ritchie said: “He did not wish to drive as part of his employment.

“This is an unusual case of dangerous driving, because the bad driving was not prolonged, persistent, deliberate or aggressive.

“No sentence can compensate the Moon family for what they have been through, but custody will do no better.

“He says it was his mistake and one he will always regret. He should have said no to driving and taken the consequences himself.

“He genuinely struggles to live with what he has done.”

Judge John Dodd QC, addressing Kuplovs- Okinskis, said: “I accept you have expressed real and profound remorse for your actions and the consequences.

“You made the fateful decision to take the wheel of a lorry at the insistence of your employer, and the prosecution and the defence agree youwere placed under inappropriate pressure.”

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7:57am Thu 6 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect.

I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured.

We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them.
Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect. I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured. We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 13

8:32am Thu 6 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Over corrected by a Lithuanian who hadn't driven for a while (here or anywhere else??)) maybe he thought he was in Latvia and was on the wrong side of the road.

(It happens)

Single ticket to Latvia please. Sorted.

Next !
Over corrected by a Lithuanian who hadn't driven for a while (here or anywhere else??)) maybe he thought he was in Latvia and was on the wrong side of the road. (It happens) Single ticket to Latvia please. Sorted. Next ! RochfordRob
  • Score: 16

8:53am Thu 6 Feb 14

supermadmax says...

Firstly the employer should be charged, but secondly why cant all speeders and drink drivers get custodial sentences and long driving bans ? You should not have to nearly kill a coppers family before being sent to gaol.
Firstly the employer should be charged, but secondly why cant all speeders and drink drivers get custodial sentences and long driving bans ? You should not have to nearly kill a coppers family before being sent to gaol. supermadmax
  • Score: 30

9:08am Thu 6 Feb 14

TheaWells says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect.

I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured.

We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them.
Deporting? Where does it say he isn't here legally?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect. I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured. We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them.[/p][/quote]Deporting? Where does it say he isn't here legally? TheaWells
  • Score: -5

9:16am Thu 6 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

TheaWells wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect.

I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured.

We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them.
Deporting? Where does it say he isn't here legally?
Oh another leftie. Rochford Rob is saying the same thing but you single me out.

Don't start your leftwing handwringing pc nonsense with me.

I see you singularly ignore the injuries caused by this accident; serious injuries including a baby and yet you still come on here with your leftwing do gooding comment.

Why is it you people can't see what's right in front of you. I bet if he'd pranged your car and injured your family you'd be saying the same.

The country is full, the prisons are full, the system is groaning and still more immigrants keep coming. Many of them are untaxed and uninsured and get off lightly,

I've experienced it, you haven't so shut up.

Oh and before you start, as I have often said before on these pages, I DO have friends who are immigrants and they often say the same things. It has all gone too far and there are too many people in this country unchecked and doing whatever they like.

And we have enough of our own doing that. I don't discriminate you see. Not like you when you are commenting on my comments and ignoring others who say the same.

Put your race card away and settle down.
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect. I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured. We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them.[/p][/quote]Deporting? Where does it say he isn't here legally?[/p][/quote]Oh another leftie. Rochford Rob is saying the same thing but you single me out. Don't start your leftwing handwringing pc nonsense with me. I see you singularly ignore the injuries caused by this accident; serious injuries including a baby and yet you still come on here with your leftwing do gooding comment. Why is it you people can't see what's right in front of you. I bet if he'd pranged your car and injured your family you'd be saying the same. The country is full, the prisons are full, the system is groaning and still more immigrants keep coming. Many of them are untaxed and uninsured and get off lightly, I've experienced it, you haven't so shut up. Oh and before you start, as I have often said before on these pages, I DO have friends who are immigrants and they often say the same things. It has all gone too far and there are too many people in this country unchecked and doing whatever they like. And we have enough of our own doing that. I don't discriminate you see. Not like you when you are commenting on my comments and ignoring others who say the same. Put your race card away and settle down. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

9:16am Thu 6 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

TheaWells wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect.

I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured.

We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them.
Deporting? Where does it say he isn't here legally?
Oh another leftie. Rochford Rob is saying the same thing but you single me out.

Don't start your leftwing handwringing pc nonsense with me.

I see you singularly ignore the injuries caused by this accident; serious injuries including a baby and yet you still come on here with your leftwing do gooding comment.

Why is it you people can't see what's right in front of you. I bet if he'd pranged your car and injured your family you'd be saying the same.

The country is full, the prisons are full, the system is groaning and still more immigrants keep coming. Many of them are untaxed and uninsured and get off lightly,

I've experienced it, you haven't so shut up.

Oh and before you start, as I have often said before on these pages, I DO have friends who are immigrants and they often say the same things. It has all gone too far and there are too many people in this country unchecked and doing whatever they like.

And we have enough of our own doing that. I don't discriminate you see. Not like you when you are commenting on my comments and ignoring others who say the same.

Put your race card away and settle down.
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Then he needs deporting back to Latvia with immediate effect. I was fortunate, the Eastern European that crashed into my car didn't cause injuries but I ended up with a massive bill because he wasn't insured. We have enough dangerous drivers of our own without importing them.[/p][/quote]Deporting? Where does it say he isn't here legally?[/p][/quote]Oh another leftie. Rochford Rob is saying the same thing but you single me out. Don't start your leftwing handwringing pc nonsense with me. I see you singularly ignore the injuries caused by this accident; serious injuries including a baby and yet you still come on here with your leftwing do gooding comment. Why is it you people can't see what's right in front of you. I bet if he'd pranged your car and injured your family you'd be saying the same. The country is full, the prisons are full, the system is groaning and still more immigrants keep coming. Many of them are untaxed and uninsured and get off lightly, I've experienced it, you haven't so shut up. Oh and before you start, as I have often said before on these pages, I DO have friends who are immigrants and they often say the same things. It has all gone too far and there are too many people in this country unchecked and doing whatever they like. And we have enough of our own doing that. I don't discriminate you see. Not like you when you are commenting on my comments and ignoring others who say the same. Put your race card away and settle down. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

9:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

....and if you small minded sorts stopped and looked at ALL my comments you would see that I will criticise yobs and wrongdoers of any age, sex, background, colour, or "ethnicity". But you conveniently choose to ignore those comments.

You lefties home in on my comments like an exocet missile when there are often others on here using racist terminology and derogatory wording, something I do not do.

Get your facts right once and for all: I have friends and colleagues of many nationalities and backgrounds, including gay and transgender. And they get sick of your sort singling them out as different all the time - and making them a special case.

What I HATE are lawbreakers that use their "minority" status as a bargaining chip and people who come to this country with the sole intention of doing as they please at everyone else's expense. And do gooders who help them justify it.
....and if you small minded sorts stopped and looked at ALL my comments you would see that I will criticise yobs and wrongdoers of any age, sex, background, colour, or "ethnicity". But you conveniently choose to ignore those comments. You lefties home in on my comments like an exocet missile when there are often others on here using racist terminology and derogatory wording, something I do not do. Get your facts right once and for all: I have friends and colleagues of many nationalities and backgrounds, including gay and transgender. And they get sick of your sort singling them out as different all the time - and making them a special case. What I HATE are lawbreakers that use their "minority" status as a bargaining chip and people who come to this country with the sole intention of doing as they please at everyone else's expense. And do gooders who help them justify it. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

10:13am Thu 6 Feb 14

whateverhappened says...

Kim Gandy says...

....and if you small minded sorts stopped and looked at ALL my comments you would see that I will criticise yobs and wrongdoers of any age, sex, background, colour, or "ethnicity". But you conveniently choose to ignore those comments.
.
On that you are quite right, you criticise everybody, this fella who is in work (are you?) has been forced to do a job he does not want and is not comfortable with and has made a one off mistake, as does happen, he will be punished accordingly. end of. This bloke is not unchecked doing what he likes as you and your immigrant friends (haha i bet) nor was he uninsured. So lay the blame at his transport manager for using threats and go back to looking out of your misrable little window at the car park.
Kim Gandy says... ....and if you small minded sorts stopped and looked at ALL my comments you would see that I will criticise yobs and wrongdoers of any age, sex, background, colour, or "ethnicity". But you conveniently choose to ignore those comments. . On that you are quite right, you criticise everybody, this fella who is in work (are you?) has been forced to do a job he does not want and is not comfortable with and has made a one off mistake, as does happen, he will be punished accordingly. end of. This bloke is not unchecked doing what he likes as you and your immigrant friends (haha i bet) nor was he uninsured. So lay the blame at his transport manager for using threats and go back to looking out of your misrable little window at the car park. whateverhappened
  • Score: 1

11:02am Thu 6 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

KIM GIVE IT A REST - YOU JAW - YOUR BECOMING A BORE
KIM GIVE IT A REST - YOU JAW - YOUR BECOMING A BORE You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Rouge9 says...

Kim, wow, what a cip you have on your shoulder. With your history on here you knew that by making a comment about deporting the driver would get a such a response from someone.

I'm no "leftie", i'm in favour of deportation where such a crime warrants it, but am not for such an incident. And incidents like this do happen. The driver has said he was pressured into driving by the company, that should bring up a corporate negligence case against them, don't see you Shouting for that to be bought about .
Kim, wow, what a cip you have on your shoulder. With your history on here you knew that by making a comment about deporting the driver would get a such a response from someone. I'm no "leftie", i'm in favour of deportation where such a crime warrants it, but am not for such an incident. And incidents like this do happen. The driver has said he was pressured into driving by the company, that should bring up a corporate negligence case against them, don't see you Shouting for that to be bought about . Rouge9
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Well that was his EXCUSE. Was he employed as a warehouseman (as stated above) or a lorry driver?

Two entirely different jobs altogether.

I'm sure that happens a lot in factories the transport manager bypasses the warehouse manager and orders their staff to drive lorries about.

Yeah, right.
Well that was his EXCUSE. Was he employed as a warehouseman (as stated above) or a lorry driver? Two entirely different jobs altogether. I'm sure that happens a lot in factories the transport manager bypasses the warehouse manager and orders their staff to drive lorries about. Yeah, right. RochfordRob
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Rouge9 says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Well that was his EXCUSE. Was he employed as a warehouseman (as stated above) or a lorry driver? Two entirely different jobs altogether. I'm sure that happens a lot in factories the transport manager bypasses the warehouse manager and orders their staff to drive lorries about. Yeah, right.
It is his reasoning, yes. One held by court, he could have perjured himself by lying to establish that as fact. However, the phrase used in the article is that he claimed he would lose his job if he didn't - all dependant on his employment contract.

An interesting thought, depends on intra company rank.
It could depend on the company structure and contract, that if you hold the relevant licence you could be called upon to drive a truck. It also depends on if he'd refused before. There are a lot of variables in this case not mentioned in the article.

At the end of the day all our discussions will not take back the incident, it will not produce magic to help/cure the little girl. A family has been hurt, and my sympathy and wishes for as full a recovery as possible go to them
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Well that was his EXCUSE. Was he employed as a warehouseman (as stated above) or a lorry driver? Two entirely different jobs altogether. I'm sure that happens a lot in factories the transport manager bypasses the warehouse manager and orders their staff to drive lorries about. Yeah, right.[/p][/quote]It is his reasoning, yes. One held by court, he could have perjured himself by lying to establish that as fact. However, the phrase used in the article is that he claimed he would lose his job if he didn't - all dependant on his employment contract. An interesting thought, depends on intra company rank. It could depend on the company structure and contract, that if you hold the relevant licence you could be called upon to drive a truck. It also depends on if he'd refused before. There are a lot of variables in this case not mentioned in the article. At the end of the day all our discussions will not take back the incident, it will not produce magic to help/cure the little girl. A family has been hurt, and my sympathy and wishes for as full a recovery as possible go to them Rouge9
  • Score: 3

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