Jason Mercer – Smart Motorways Topic
Prezemyslaw Szuba, 40, killed Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22.
Szuba from Hull made an investigation into the deaths: ‘If there were a hard shoulder on this part of the highway, the collision could have been avoided’
Mercer and Murgeanu were stopped on the road after an accident and Szuba hit them Smart highways ‘still risk of death in the future’, a forensic officer without hard shoulders following an investigation into the deaths of two people in a section of the M1.
In June 2019, Sheffield coroner David Urpeth said that the primary cause of death of 44-year-old Jason Mercer and 22-year-old Alexandru Murgeanu on the M1 in South Yorkshire was reckless driving of truck driver Prezemyslaw Szuba.
Szuba, 40, was driven to his vehicles while standing still in the first lane following a small shunt.
However, Urpeth noted the outcome of an unlawful murder: “As a finding, I see a stiff shoulder deficiency contributed to this tragedy.”
The forensic officer said he would write to UK Highways and Transport Foreign Minister Grant Shapps, recommending a review of smart highways.
Sheffield conducted an investigation at the town hall: “I believe smart highways pose an ongoing risk to future deaths, as they are now.” Zuba was sentenced to 10 months in prison last October, after admitting that Mr. Mercer and Mr. Murgeanu were killed by reckless driving. Responding to telephone questions from the prison, Szuba said that he had admitted to driving without paying sufficient attention at the hearing and told a forensic officer: “I already accepted this at my trial.”
But he described the investigation as follows: ‘If there was a hard shoulder on this part of the highway, the collision could have been avoided.
“I would have passed these two cars because it would be safer, and they would be able to come home safely and return home.”
Szuba said he only had three to five seconds left to react to the investigation at Sheffield City Hall and asked if he would have avoided the accident if he had been careful and said: “It’s hard to say after all.”
He also confirmed that he has no specific training in driving a smart highway.
Sergeant Mark Brady, who oversees the large-scale crash investigations for the South Yorkshire Police, told the hearing: ‘If there were a hard shoulder, if Jason and Alexandru were pulled on a hard shoulder, my opinion is whether Mr Szuba would go past them. ‘
But Sergeant Brady admitted that the main cause of the accident was Szuba’s failure to pay attention to the road.
The trial heard how the tragedy took place on June 7, 2019, after a slight collision between a Ford Focus driven by Mr.
The two cars stopped on the first lane of the four-lane highway, just north of junction 34, on the northern carriageway, and both men got out of their cars.
Forensic officer David Urpeth was told that the vehicles were stationary for about six minutes when they were hit by Szuba’s Mercedes truck, which was traveling at 56 miles per hour.
Claire, the wife of Mr. Mercer, who has been a prominent campaigner against smart highways since her husband’s death, followed the trials in court with her legal team.