A 39-year-old driver, who killed three men after falling asleep at the wheel on the M4 near Chippenham, was jailed for four and a half years Monday 6 June 2016.
Stephen Parry Jenkins from South Wales – pictured top – was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court and disqualified from driving for four years and three months.
The jury returned their verdicts on the collision, which took place near Junction 17 of the M4 on Monday 9 June 2014, at Swindon Crown Court on Wednesday 27 April 2016. They are as follows:
Indictment 1, Causing the death of Martin Williams by Dangerous Driving – guilty.
Indictment 2, Causing the death of Steven Sheldon by Dangerous Driving – guilty.
Indictment 3, Causing the death of James Stark by Dangerous Driving – guilty.
All three victims were from South Wales.
Following today’s sentencing, Sergeant Barrie Card from Wiltshire Police said: “This was a tragic incident for all involved; for those who died, the family of those men, the surviving victims and even the driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
“This sort of incident could happen to anyone. My message to all motorists is to make sure they are properly rested before setting off on their journey and must take a rest during it.
“Falling asleep at the wheel doesn’t happen straight away, you will get tell tale signs and that’s when you must act before it’s too late. Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and take a break, a rest and, if needed, a nap.
“Only continue your journey once you feel refreshed; drink some coffee, make sure your vehicle is not too hot inside and that there is fresh air coming in. Also ask your passengers to keep you in conversation or, if you are driving alone, have the radio on.
“Every driver owes it to themselves, their passengers and other road users to make sure they are fit to get behind the wheel and that includes not being too tired. The road safety message ‘Tiredness Kills’ is true and sadly so true in this tragic case.”