The accident occurred on the 25th of June 2014, on the A4 dual carriageway in County Tyrone, as reported by BBC news.
The man driving the lorry, William Mark Murphy, appeared in court yesterday after his lorry collided with a tractor and trailer. This accident led to the death of farmer Phelim Brady, who was standing on a drawbar of the travelling tractor. The lorry struck the tractor from behind, killing Mr. Brady in the process.
The accused appeared in Belfast court on charges of dangerous driving causing the death of the 69 year old Brady. The court heard of how he was attempting to overtake the tractor at the time of the incident, but had to pull back in due to an oncoming vehicle. This is when his lorry struck the tractor and Mr. Brady, as Mr. Murphy had failed to brake in time. The court heard of the multiple injuries suffered by Brady, who died at the scene.
During sentencing the presiding judge called the Brady’s a "tremendously dignified and decent" family. Mr. Murphy denied the charges of dangerous driving at an earlier trial, but was found guilty on charges of careless driving. The forensic officer working on the case said he "couldn't rule out the possibility there had been no braking prior to impact".
Mr Murphy’s defense said the accused was consumed with grief and remorse. While the judge in charge described it as a tragic case and said he understood that Mr. Murphy never intended to cause hardship for the Brady family. He told Murphy, “You will live with this for the rest of your life”.
Mr. Murphy was given a three year driving ban and was handed a suspended four month jail sentence.