Linton driver who killed Haverhill man in road crash is jailed

The junction where Dean Cork was killed on April 23
The junction where Dean Cork was killed on April 23

A Linton man has been jailed for 14 months after causing the death of Dean Cork, Haverhill, at the West Wratting crossroads on April 23.

Reginald Smith, 60, from Brinkman Road, had already pleaded guilt to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday (February 12).

The late Dean Cork

The late Dean Cork

Mr Cork, 47, from Gainsborough Road, suffered fatal injuries after the Piaggio T5 scooter he was riding was hit by a Vauxhall Combo van at 7.10am at the crossroads between Withersfield and Great Wratting.

Smith was injured in the crash, and the road was closed until 1.15pm.

Smith was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and his driving licence was disqualified for two years until a compulsory re-test is passed.

Following his death, Mr Cork’s family described him as a ‘wonderful husband, father, son, brother, cousin and friend’.

Tributes poured in to Dean on his Facebook page, and his family said he had a great passion for Vespa scooters.

Tracey, his wife of 25 years, son Dexter, 20, and daughter Billie, 17, said: “We have lost a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, cousin and friend, very suddenly.

“Dean was a lovely, caring and thoughtful man who left for work in the sunshine on his beloved T5 scooter and did not come back.

“We all miss him and mourn his loss and want to thank all our friends, family and well-wishers for all their messages of love and support.”

Dean’s father David wrote on his Facebook page: “Mum and Dad are devastated at the loss of their wonderful son.

“We promise to look after and give all our love to Tracey Cork, Billie Cork and Dexter Dean Cork and not to forget his beloved Trevor.”

A memorial wreath was laid at the crash site by Powerwise, and Lee James put: “It’s a very, very sad day.

“I knew Dean for over 40 years and he will be missed very much by all that knew him.

“I think everyone feels so sad and words are so hard to find.

“Dean was a bright light and so very loved.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 20) Echo.